In the wide array of products that we offer here at Aeroflow Healthcare, bili blankets may be one of our most critical and timely for preserving life. However, many people don’t even know what a bili blanket is or why they are so important to a baby’s life.
Bili blankets are fiber-optic blankets that use phototherapy to treat newborns who have been diagnosed with jaundice. Phototherapy causes the bilirubin to break down into a form that can be excreted by baby.
Prior to phototherapy, sunlight was an effective means of helping those with jaundice. Long exposure to sunlight can be dangerous, as the sun’s rays can be especially damaging to an infant’s skin. Bili blankets can also be used at night and indoors, which allows for more frequent and effective treatments.
What is Bilirubin?
Bilirubin is the byproduct of broken down red blood cells. Usually, the liver processes and removes the bilirubin, but in these cases, the baby’s young liver is not equipped to process larger than usual quantities of red blood cells. Left untreated, high bilirubin levels can be toxic and can possibly cause brain damage.
Jaundice in Infants
There are a few types of jaundice associated with newborns:
- Physiologic Jaundice: The most type found in newborns. As described above this happens with the liver cannot adequately remove the bilirubin due to high levels of broken down blood cells.
- Neonatal Jaundice: This usually occurs when the mother and baby have non-compatible blood types. The mother’s blood produces antibodies which attack the fetus’s blood cells causing an increase in the breakdown of RBC.
- Polycythemia: This type of jaundice is caused when a child is born with too many red blood cells.
While in the hospital, your pediatrician will test your baby’s bilirubin levels. Sometimes through consistent feedings or exposure to sunlight, your baby’s bilirubin count will come down on its own. Your doctor will prescribe a bili blanket if the count doesn’t come down.
Once you have a prescription, Aeroflow can take care of the rest — we are approved by Medicaid and many private insurances to provide quality bili blankets at little-to-no cost to you.
How a Bili Blanket Helps
In all cases, the quick and effective use of a bili blanket can help a baby have swift recovery. If you are looking for a bili blanket, please don’t hesitate to call us, we will try to rush one to you as quickly as possible.
You can also rest assured knowing that Aeroflow offers the most advanced bili blanket phototherapy technology on the market. Fill out our quick online form to get a bili blanket covered through insurance — the process is quick and easy, and we are happy to help!
You can contact us over the phone at 888-973-0279, or reach out online to learn more about our Pediatric medical supplies.