Is sunlight an effective treatment for infants with jaundice?

Renea V Johnston, Jeremy N Anderson and Cheryl Prentice
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05260.x
Published online: 21 April 2003

"Is sunlight an effective treatment for jaundice in term infants?" A women's health educator at Southern Health wanted to know if there was any evidence that sunlight helps to reduce physiological jaundice in healthy term infants.

  • 1 Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Southern Health, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, VIC.
  • 2 Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin, VIC.


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