A newborn child is a beautiful thing, a human being with a fresh start in the world—a blank slate. With so much potential in each child to live a long and happy life, we have to make sure we safeguard their health and protect them from any potential risks. Unfortunately, one of the most likely things that can happen to a newborn baby is to contract a condition called jaundice.
Jaundice is when the whites of the eyes and skin pigmentation turn yellow due to a build-up of a compound called bilirubin which is found in the blood. Seeing that it is very common, most of the time, it passes by harmlessly, but there is the odd occasion where a baby's health could be at risk.
Six out of every ten babies are likely to develop jaundice, whereas eight out of every ten premature babies have the potential to develop the condition. As a parent, it’s important to do your best andeducate yourself on what jaundice is and how it can be treated safely.
How does jaundice affect babies?
As mentioned above, jaundice is usually a mild case that can be controlled and monitored, eventually passing by. But for those serious cases with a higher build-up of bilirubin, long-lasting brain damage can occur, known as 'kernicterus.’
The main reasons jaundice develops in a baby could be due to conflicting blood types between the mother and child. As a result, the mother's breast milk substances can cause the baby to have higher bilirubin levels, lack of breast milk in general, or an underdeveloped liver. Babies might also experience a lack of energy, sickness, and low appetite, in which case a visit to the doctor might be necessary.
How is jaundice diagnosed?
Luckily, jaundice is easily noticed due to the yellow color of either the baby's skin, eyes, or both. Doctors see it all the time and have a procedure to follow, allowing them to closely monitor the situation, making sure it's not a serious version of the condition.
Jaundice can also be discovered after undergoing a blood test, where bilirubin levels are measured. You can also try pressing down gently on your baby's skin then releasing it, seeing if the skin is yellow or not. If there is a slight yellow-ish pigmentation, it most likely is not a serious case. However, blue light therapy may be the best way to help your baby overcome jaundice.
How blue light therapy can help treat jaundice
A way to fight off jaundice in newborn babies is by using blue light therapy. For those of you who don't know, blue light therapy is a low wavelength, non-UV, blue-colored light combined with heat to stimulate blood circulation in the body. The light not only can be used to positively affect various skin conditions but underneath the skin's surface as well.
Blue light therapy is both non-invasive and non-pharmacological, meaning your baby can be treated naturally and safely. This makes it one of the leading choices to treat jaundice due to its harmless effect on the human body. Babies are usually put under the light as it shines on them; this breaks down the blood's bilirubin and speeds up the process inside the infant's body naturally.
Luckily, Kaiyan Medical produces MDSAP-certified and FDA-approved light therapy products and devices for your own at-home treatment or even for your patients. We've worked hard to provide solutions for both patients and healthcare practitioners, catering to various needs. Whether you're looking to private label your own light therapy devices or for home use, contact our team, as we would love to help you through your light therapy journey.