A jaundiced baby may need phototherapy to break down the
yellow pigment under the baby's skin. For this purpose, the
baby is undressed and exposed to ulta-violet light for
several days with breaks for feeds. A soft mask may be
placed over the eyes. It may be possible for the baby to
undergo phototherapy in the cot in the same postnatal ward
as yours. In some severe cases, however, the baby may need
to be taken to a special care ward.