Frequently asked questions
Here are a few of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about BiliBlankets and Neonatal Jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia).
ARE BILIBLANKETS SAFE?
The BiliBlanket system is safe to use 24 hours a day for as long as necessary. Please consult with your baby’s pediatrician for a plan of care.
WHAT DOES A BILIBLANKET DO?
A biliblanket is a portable phototherapy device for the treatment of neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia). BiliBlanket is a trademark of General Electric’s Datex-Ohmeda subsidiary, but its name has become the generic, colloquial term for a range of similar products and the term used in the medical professions.
HOW DO YOU USE PHOTOTHERAPY?
Phototherapy is treatment with a special type of light (not sunlight). It’s sometimes used to treat newborn jaundice by lowering the bilirubin levels in your baby’s blood through a process called photo-oxidation. For more information, see newborn jaundice treatment:
https://www.nhs.uk › conditions › jaundice-newborn › treatment
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR PHOTOTHERAPY TO WORK?
It is important that your baby remains under phototherapy lights for as much time as possible each day. When on a biliblanket, your baby can remain on the biliblanket while feeding. Jaundice often takes about two weeks to disappear.
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