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
- Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant 35 or More Weeks of Gestation
- Neonatal Jaundice: NICE guidelines
- Guidelines for detection, management and prevention of hyperbilirubinemia in term and late preterm newborn infants
- Neonatal jaundice: prevention, assessment and management
- Abklärung und Behandlung von ikterischen Neugeborenen ab 35 Schwangerschaftswochen (Evaluation and treatment of jaundiced newborns from 35 weeks of pregnancy)
- Abklärung und Behandlung von ikterischen Neugeborenen in Gebärkliniken (Evaluation and treatment of jaundiced newborns in maternity hospitals)
- Hyberbilirubinämie des Neugeborenen – Diagnostik und Therapie (Newborn Jaundice - Diagnosis and Treatment)
- Israel Guidelines for the Management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia and Prevention of Kernicterus
- 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.