The blood transfusion adds red blood cells that restore the baby’s health until new red blood cells can be produced.
If the newborn has severe jaundice, an exchange transfusion may be done. An exchange transfusion removes some of the newborn's blood and provides Rh-negative blood at the same time.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 20, 2011|