Each patient's care is managed by a Cook Children's Home Health care coordinator who is a registered nurse that:
Nurses, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists are trained in pediatric home care. Caregivers work with patients daily or weekly, and can anticipate patients' needs and support. They also provide timely and accurate communication back to physicians.
Patients may call a pediatric home care nurse at any time, 24 hours a day.
Having a newborn baby in your home can be scary and our team of nurses will be there every step of the way to make sure that your child is safe and healthy. We can help transition your home and family for the first two weeks of care leading up to your initial pediatrician appointment. A complete assessment of your child’s well-being and care will include topics such as:
We help kids thrive, and that means understanding how their nutritional needs change as they grow. Our team members specialize in the complex care of pediatric patients and work with Cook Children’s Home Health pharmacists, infusion and respiratory staff to provide optimal nutrition for your child. This includes:
Cook Children’s Home Health only treats newborns, children and adolescents, so of course it is our specialty. We will be there every step of the way to ensure that your child is getting the correct medication through the best medical equipment. Our staff works with families to create a treatment plan that is unique to your child and his/her condition and surroundings. Cook Children’s Home Health will be there to:
Phototherapy is the process of using light to eliminate bilirubin, a substance that is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Physiological jaundice, caused by an elevated bilirubin level, is the most common cause of newborn jaundice and occurs in more than 50 percent of babies. Babies have an immature liver, so bilirubin is processed slower. An initial sign that your might have jaundice is a yellow skin tone. Through phototherapy, your baby's skin and blood absorb the light rays and change bilirubin into products that can pass out of their body.
The length of time for phototherapy treatment can vary from one baby to the next, as each condition is different. Your health care provider will prescribe the amount of time your baby will need each day.
Most babies have phototherapy treatment for several days. Your baby's bilirubin level will be tested during treatment, usually by a small sample of blood taken from the baby's heel. These tests will determine when normal levels of bilirubin are reached and phototherapy is no longer needed.
Phototherapy in the home can be provided in multiple forms.
Are there side effects of using phototherapy?
Babies under any type of phototherapy treatment will have frequent and loose bowel movements that are sometimes greenish in color. This is normal since this is the way the body removes the bilirubin. This will be temporary and should stop when treatment is completed. Contact your doctor if it persists after treatment is completed.
Can my baby sleep on a biliblanket?
Yes. Your hospital will outline the schedule for your child's treatment. However, the biliblanket can be used 24 hours a day for as long as necessary. With this convenient form of phototherapy your child can be diapered, clothed, held and nursed during treatment.
Why is my baby's skin ‘bleached or reddened' where the biliblanket pad has been in contact with the skin?
The skin in direct contact with the pad is the first area where bilirubin is broken down. This breakdown process is not harmful; in fact, it contributes to the treatment of your baby and causes this portion of skin to turn to its normal color. As the treatment process continues, bilirubin is removed from the blood and the rest of the skin. As the bilirubin is lowered to acceptable levels, all of your baby's skin will return to its normal color.
Will my baby be rotated on the pad to treat all of his/her skin?
No, only a small portion of the bilirubin is in the fatty tissue of the skin. The majority of the bilirubin is in the blood. The circulation of the blood will bring the bilirubin to the lighted area where it will be broken down. It is important that the plain lighted area of the covered pad, the area without writing, is against the baby's skin at all times during treatment. Clothing can then be applied over the system.
To make a referral to one of our Cook Children's Home Health locations, call 800-747-8242. A representative will assist you.
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