WHICH TREATMENT OPTION SHOULD I GO FOR IF MY BABY IS JAUNDICED?
Hospital versus Home treatments
If your baby has jaundice, the best course of action is phototherapy. However, you may be trying to decide whether to have your baby treated in the hospital or at home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Jaundiced babies have to be screened by their doctor before they can have the go-ahead to be treated at home. Phototherapy treatment at home requires greater responsibility from parents and caregivers to adhere to the baby’s treatment plan. This includes placing the baby under the phototherapy lights for as long as possible to allow the light treatment to take place. Parents have to resist the urge to pick the baby up too frequently; otherwise the treatment will not be effective.
However, there are tremendous benefits of treating jaundice at home. Being at home puts you and your baby at greater ease, and you can bond and breastfeed your baby without any disruption. Not having to stay in the hospital also reduces the chances of babies picking up hospital-acquired infections, such as the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) bacteria.
Phototherapy treatment in the hospital may also be costly. Two days of phototherapy in a single room at a private hospital may cost approximately $1800 and this excludes the paediatrician’s fees. In comparison, rental of home phototherapy equipment, the same brand of equipment as they use in the hospital, costs about $300 for the same treatment period. Many leading private and government hospitals in Singapore also use the Medela and Natus Phototherapy equipment in their nurseries and NICU.
Nowadays, your baby has the option of getting conventional or fibreoptic phototherapy treatment at the hospital or at home. Both options are safe and convenient as the home phototherapy packages from The Baby Specialist include services from a trained technician who will come to your home to deliver and set up the hospital-grade phototherapy equipment. He will also walk you through the operation of these equipment so that you can give your baby the best care possible.
CONSIDER HOME TREATMENT FOR YOUR BABY
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