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How can phototherapy help with treating newborn jaundice?

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Sometimes phototherapy -- special light treatment -- is used to help the body get rid of the excess bilirubin. Phototherapy is conducted with a lamp called a bili-light or with a bili-blanket. Your baby is naked during the treatment so that as much skin as possible is exposed to light. Eyes are covered to protect them during treatment. Supplemental feedings may be necessary because of the excess water loss that can occur through the skin.

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Hoekelman, R. (editor) Primary Pediatric Care, Mosby, 2001

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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Hoekelman, R. (editor) Primary Pediatric Care, Mosby, 2001

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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