How to Use a Biliblanket for Infant Jaundice

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Use a Biliblanket for Infant Jaundice
Use a Biliblanket for Infant Jaundice

How to Use a Biliblanket for Infant Jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin caused by a build up of bilirubin in the bloodstream. Infants typically experience slight jaundice after birth with no long-term risks. However, severe cases of jaundice require medical intervention. Left untreated, jaundice can cause cerebral palsy, brain damage or deafness. Learn to use a Biliblanket to break down excess bilirubin in your infant.

Familiarize yourself with the Biliblanket and its various parts. The fiber-optic pad is the part that goes directly on the infant's skin. The light generating box produces the phototherapy light and should be placed on a flat surface. The connector cable joins the two parts and should be free of defects.

Double-check with your pediatrician how long and how often your infant should be under the Biliblanket. The severity of the jaundice will be the determining factor.

Remove the infant's clothes except for the diaper and wrap him in the Biliblanket. You can rock, nurse or bottle feed while he is under the Biliblanket.

Cover the infant's eyes to avoid exposure to the light. Use the cloth eye pads or eye coverings your hospital or physician can provide.

Tips & Warnings

  • Babies will experience loose, greenish stools while undergoing phototherapy treatment. This means that the bilirubin is being discarded through your child's feces and urine.
  • To help alleviate jaundice while using the Biliblanket, nurse or bottle feed often and expose your infant to brief periods of indirect sunlight.
  • Monitor your infant's jaundice. If it doesn't improve or seems worse, call the pediatrician immediately.
  • Always use the disposable cover on your light pad while using the Biliblanket. This cover will help to protect your infant's skin.

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