Zeke's Big First Weekend
We just wanted to post a few pictures of our adventure this last weekend when Zeke had to return to the hospital due to a high bilirubin level. He spend about 24 hours under the big lights. We then returned home on Sunday night and continue to have his hooked up to a machine called a Wallaby for phototherapy.
See below for more info:
The most common treatment for hyperbilirubinemia is phototherapy, which uses fluorescent light to help transform bilirubin into a form the body can more quickly eliminate. Standard phototherapy is usually done in a hospital. However, babies with jaundice who are otherwise healthy may be treated at home with a type of phototherapy that uses a fiber-optic wrap, usually a blanket or a band. These wraps usually reduce blood bilirubin levels more slowly than standard phototherapy, so generally they are used only for mild jaundice. Sometimes standard therapy and fiber-optic wrap therapy are used together.2