In neonatal care, far-infrared (FIR) radiation has been used to accelerate healing and enhance general health results. The medical care provided to newborn infants, typically up to 28 days old, is referred to as neonatal care. The following are some applications for FIR radiation in neonatal care:
Incubators for Newborns
In neonatal incubators, FIR radiation is occasionally used to promote healing and regulate body temperature. These incubators simulate the warmth and light of the mother's womb by emitting heat and light using FIR radiation. In premature or low-birthweight infants, this can help to lessen stress and promote healthy growth and development.
In phototherapy, a treatment for jaundice, a common condition in newborns that results in yellowing of the skin and eyes, FIR radiation is occasionally used. FIR radiation is used in phototherapy to aid in the breakdown of bilirubin, a compound created when red blood cells are broken down. The effects of jaundice may be lessened by FIR radiation by lowering the blood level of bilirubin.
It has been demonstrated that FIR radiation speeds the healing of wounds, even those in newborn patients. In order to speed up healing and lessen scarring, FIR radiation can stimulate the production of collagen and increase blood flow to the injured area.
In neonatal patients, FIR radiation has been used to reduce pain. Endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, are thought to be produced more when inflammation is reduced.
FIR radiation has potential, and has been used even in neonatal care.