Phototherapy Jaundice Treatment
What is a Biliblanket?
A Biliblanket is a portable phototherapy device consisting of a fiber-optic pad and a portable illuminator for the treatment of neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) in the home. The light emitted from biliblanket is used to break up bilirubin in the baby’s blood, reducing the yellowing effect in baby’s skin and whites of the eyes.
The Biliblanket is a flexible wand with a disposable sleeve that is placed on the baby’s back to provide maximum coverage during phototherapy treatment. Blue light comes through the sleeve, which reduces dangerous bilirubin levels. The covered panel must have direct contact with the skin for it to work.
Who uses a Biliblanket?
If your baby develops jaundice you will quickly be introduced to the healing power of phototherapy, either through your doctor or medical professional. As a new parent it can be extremely nerve-racking to hear your baby has jaundice, but this is quite common.
The use of a biliblanket for jaundice when a newborn infant has elevated bilirubin levels is an easy, at home treatment. You can even hold, feed and play with your child while using a bilirubin blanket.
Biliblankets for High Bilirubin
In all cases, the quick and effective use of a biliblanket can help a baby have a swift recovery. If you are concerned about jaundice, call your pediatrician immediately. If your baby needs phototherapy, contact Pedi-Care Plus for rental information.
Some Important Do's and Don'ts when using a Biliblanket
Make sure that the light-source machine is on a flat hard surface such as a table, nightstand, or changing table. The baby’s crib or carpet is probably not a good place.
Try to keep as much as of your baby’s skin exposed to the light pad as possible.
Use a disposable light pad cover.
Turn your biliblanket device off and remove the light pad when bathing your child.
Change the cover if it becomes dirty or soiled by your baby.
Always turn the power knob on to the highest intensity.
Never use the light pad without a cover.
Do not allow your baby to have direct exposure to the light pad.
Do not set anything on top of the lightbox, or on the connecting power cord. This is to ensure proper function.
Never place the pad on your baby’s head. It should only be placed on their back.
Don’t worry about sunlight. Your child doesn’t need to be placed outside.