Neonatal Phototherapy

Neonatal Phototherapy

 

A baby receiving blue light phototherapy, or bili therapy, to treat neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia). Jaundice is a condition in which there is an excess of the yellow pigment bilirubin in the body’s tissues, seen as a yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes. Bilirubin is the breakdown product of haem, the oxygen-carrying chemical in red blood cells. In neonatal jaundice, failure of the liver to process the bilirubin leads to its accumulation in tissues. This is very common in newborn babies, and is usually harmless. The blue light breaks down the pigment, allowing it to be excreted naturally. The baby’s eyes are covered to prevent any damage to the retina.

Image © Igor Zarembo/RIA Novosti

 

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