Quick treatment may help
prevent further brain damage. Treatment may start with light therapy and fluids
given through a needle into a vein (intravenous fluid replacement). Sometimes a baby may also have a tube placed down his or
her throat or into the stomach for feeding with a special type of formula. A
baby will also have a blood type test so that he or she can quickly get a
blood transfusion if it is needed. A blood transfusion
may be given to help remove extra bilirubin from the baby's blood.
Long-term treatment for brain damage
will depend on a child's specific problems. Typical treatment includes
physical therapy, speech therapy, and special
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May 11, 2012
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