A Biliblanket is essentially a glow up blanket that shines a full spectrum fiber-optic light at the baby's body to generate heat. Neonatal units use special eye guards for little ones to protect their eyes from the light. The phototherapy is not harmful to skin making them safe for new born babies. The ‘bili-lights’ will reduce bilirubin levels after one to two days of usage and this will be discarded through stools and urination.
Bilirubin is a yellowish pigment caused by the breakdown of red blood cells which causes discoloration in jaundiced babies. Once the biliblanket has reduced jaundice in or pre-term babies, they are able to get back on the path to recovery and parents can even use biliblankets at home to move the recovery process outside of the hospital environment, reducing length of hospital stays.