Phototherapy is the most common treatment for reducing high bilirubin levels that cause jaundice in a newborn.
In the standard form of phototherapy, your baby lies in a bassinet or enclosed plastic crib (incubator) and is exposed to a type of fluorescent light that is absorbed by your baby's skin. During this process, the bilirubin in the baby's body is changed into another form that can be more easily excreted in the stool and urine.
A baby with jaundice may need to stay under a phototherapy light for several days. Phototherapy doesn't damage a baby's skin.
incubator. an apparatus for maintaining optimal conditions for growth and development, such as temperature and humidity, especially one used in the early care of premature infants, or one used for cultures.
A ventilator also may be used during treatment for a serious lung disease or other condition that affects normal breathing. Some people may need to use ventilators long term or for the rest of their lives. In these cases, the machines can be used outside of the hospital—in long-term care facilities or at home