biliblanket therapy

What is a Biliblanket?

BiliBlanket therapy is used to treat neonatal jaundice. In order to completely understand what biliblanket therapy is used for, it is important to be aware of what causes a need for it.  When a baby is born, there is a chance he or she will develop hyperbilirubinemia, the scientific term for neonatal jaundice.  When this occurs, there are excessive amounts of bilirubin in the blood.

What Is A Biliblanket?

A Biliblanket is a portable medical device for infants that treats hyperbilirubinemia or neonatal jaundice.  The name Biliblanket originated as the trademark term of a General Electric product but has since been adopted as the colloquial term for this type of equipment.

How Does A Biliblanket Work?

Biliblankets exert a blue/white light of varying intensity that permeates through a light fabric. The baby is placed close to or on the blanket during treatment. This light helps break down high levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream, which causes the discoloration of the baby’s skin.

What Is The Difference Between Home & Hospital Treatment?

For over 30 years, phototherapy treatment has been used in hospitals.  Hospital treatment involves rows of lights shining directly on an undressed baby (with a diaper on) whose eyes would need protection from the light with soft eye patches applied.

Technology advancements have led to home phototherapy treatment through the use of BiliBlankets. The blanket is tied to baby (usually on the back) and a pad of woven fibers is used to transport light to your baby.

Home treatment is quite popular with parents, doctors, and insurance companies because you avoid higher costs of inpatient treatment. With home phototherapy, your child can be diapered, clothed, held, and nursed during treatment.  Some also consider it a better option because the newborn does not have to be separated from the parents and does not need to lie alone in a box with their eyes covered.

Where And How Do I Get A Biliblanket? 

In all cases, the quick and effective use of a biliblanket can help a baby have a swift recovery. If you’re concerned about jaundice, call the pediatrician immediately. If your baby needs phototherapy, most pediatricians’ offices have biliblankets on consignment. You’ll go home with one so you can start treatment as soon as possible.

If you’re a pediatrician interested in consigning biliblankets from Aeroflow, contact us here.

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