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Biliblankets: The Healing Power of Phototherapy

Bili blankets help treat jaundice in infants.

In the wide array of products that we offer here at Aeroflow Healthcare, biliblankets 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.

Biliblankets Explained

Biliblankets are fiber-optic blankets that use phototherapy to treat newborns who have jaundice. Phototherapy breaks down bilirubin that the baby can excrete.

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. Biliblankets are more effective because you can use them indoors and at night.

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 (hyperbilirubinemia) can be toxic and can possibly cause brain damage.

Any bilirubin level at 20 is a serious condition with 10-20 being “concerning.” This health scare can now easily be prevented and in a way more convenient too.

Jaundice in Infants

There are a few types of infant jaundice:

  • Physiologic Jaundice: The most typically 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 when a child is born with too many red blood cells.

Common Jaundice Symptoms

  • Yellowing of baby’s skin and sometimes noticeable int he white part of the eyes
  • Drowsiness
  • Pale stools (infants usually have a greenish-yellow or greenish-mustard color)
  • Dark urine

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 biliblanket if the count doesn’t come down.

Once you have a prescription, Aeroflow takes care of the rest — we are approved by Medicaid and many private insurances to provide quality biliblankets at little-to-no cost to you.

How a Biliblanket Helps

In all cases, the quick and effective use of a biliblanket can help a baby have swift recovery. If you are looking for a biliblanket, 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 biliblanket phototherapy technology on the market. Fill out our quick online form to get a biliblanket covered through insurance — the process is quick and easy, and we are happy to help!

 

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