Home Phototherapy uses a special LED light,equipped with effective, intensive irradiance light wave , safe, no heat and no side affect your baby's skin. These light waves are absorbed by your baby's skin and blood and change bilirubin into products, which can pass through their system.
Home phototherapy allows your baby to be treated at the comfort of your own home. It is time and cost consuming. We do however still encourage you to go for the check-up arranged to monitor the level of bilirubin despite renting the jaundice meter. Jaundice meter only acts as monitoring device and official reading by Klinik Kesihatan (KK) and hospitals are still mandatory.
There are several potential problems with using sunlight:
- The baby must be completely undressed. Newborn have immature systems and may not be able to keep their bodies warm enough under these circumstances.
- Newborn babies have sensitive skin. They never should be put in direct sunlight, because they are easily sunburned.
Newborn jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes. Newborn jaundice is very common can occur when babies have a high level of bilirubin, a yellow pigment produced during normal breakdown of red blood cells. The liver helps breakdown the substance so it can be removed from the body in the stool.
Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Bilirubin passes through the liver and is excreted as bile through the intestines. Before birth the mother’s liver does this for the baby.
This is the medical term for a condition when too much bilirubin builds up in the baby’s blood. Most infants have a mild form, which clears up on its own within a few days as the newborn’s liver matures.
In rare cases the bilirubin level rises high enough to cause concern among doctors, because it can be harmful to the baby. Caught in time, it is easily treated with phototherapy before it does any damage.
Length of treatment varies. It can be as short as one day or as long as five days.
Absolutely. That’s the beauty of home phototherapy. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers nurse all newborns at least eight to 12 times per 24-hour period and continue to do so during phototherapy. The nurse will show you how to do this without interrupting treatment.
It is important for the doctor to know your baby’s temperature, heart and respiratory rate, and feeding and excreting patterns to determine to course of therapy.
Jaundice meter is a device used to obtain jaundice readings on new born. The product is convenient, effective and proven, reducing the need for blood sampling.
There are no specific guidelines for when to discontinue phototherapy. Evidence of hemolysis and age of the infant will impact the duration. In some cases, phototherapy will only be needed for 24 hours or less, in some cases, it may be required for 5 to 7 days.