Jaundice Management—Jaundice Therapy
The liver of a newborn often has a low detoxitation capacity. Treatment to reduce bilirubin is usually required if a newborn icterus occurs in the first day of life.
Phototherapy has proven to be a reliable method in the treatment of high bilirubin levels. Light helps to break down the bilirubin and transform the bilirubin into a water-soluble state through a photochemical reaction. This transformation enables precipitation by the gall bladder and kidneys.
Use the resources in this section to learn more about the use of phototherapy in the treatment of jaundice.
Videos and Lectures
- American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Management of Jaundice in Premature Babies
Jaundice occurs in most newborn infants. Most jaundice is benign, but because of the potential toxicity of bilirubin, newborn infants must be monitored to identify those who might develop severe hyperbilirubinemia and, in rare cases, acute bilirubin encephalopathy or kernicterus.