By Chass Armstrong
In the wide array of specified 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 biliblanket is or why they are so important to a baby’s life.
Bili blankets are fiber-optic blankets that use photo therapy to treat newborns that have been diagnosed with jaundice. Phototherapy utilizes florescent light to convert the bilirubin to more easily processed forms to help the baby make a healthy recovery.
Prior to photo therapy, sunlight was an effective means of helping those with jaundice. However, the sun’s rays can be especially damaging to skin, and especially to the skin of an infant. Aside from this, bili blankets can also be used at night, and indoors which is a clear advantage over the sun.
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 livers are not equipped to process larger than usual quantities of old red blood cells. The result is an increase of bilirubin which if not treated can be fatal. 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, therefore
– Polycythemia: This type of jaundice is caused by a child being born with too many red blood cells.
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. You can contact us over the phone at 1-888-345-1780 or on the web, here.