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Managing Neonatal Jaundice at Home

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As long ago as 1984, experimental programs were in place to deliver home-based phototherapy to healthy newborn babies with physiological jaundice. Now, Home-based phototherapy is re-emerging as a popular option for jaundiced infants who are otherwise healthy and who have motivated, capable parents.

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As long ago as 1984, experimental programs were in place to deliver home-based phototherapy to healthy newborn babies with physiological jaundice. Bilirubin levels were found to decrease just as rapidly in the home-based group as those treated in hospital, proving that home phototherapy can be a safe and effective alternative to hospital-based treatment.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Rachel Tabib
13 Jul 2020
Informative and relevant to midwifery practice.
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Anasuya Schroder
07 Jul 2020
Good information, giving you a greater understanding about what treatments are being utilised within the community.
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Jennifer Green
26 Jan 2021
Excellent information to empower midwives in treatment of jaundice at home.
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Deborah Mehegan
20 Jul 2020
Great article
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Susan Watson
19 Jul 2020
Reinforced existing knowledge and skills. Highlighted the issues in relation to promoting home treatment verses hospital wherever practical and safe to do so.
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Arlene Varghese
10 Jul 2020
Very good and concise.. Focused on the benefits of home phototherapy
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Asha reghunath
21 Sep 2020
Bilirubin levels and phototherapy blankets in home treatment. Criteria to determine the treatment at home.
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Suz White
10 Jul 2020
a good brief overview including inclusion and exclusion criteria for home phototherapy.
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Virginia Clark
07 Jul 2020
Interesting
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Beverley Austin
10 Jul 2020
Quick read on use of home based neonatal care with phototheapy. Extra reading and resources also helpful.
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