Chronic Lung Disease in Infants - Symptoms
The symptoms of
chronic lung disease may appear as early as 3 days
after a baby is born. Usually this disease develops while the newborn
is still in the hospital.
Symptoms of difficulty breathing can
- Grunting or rapid
- Flaring nostrils.
- Using the neck, chest, and
abdominal muscles to breathe, causing a "sucking in" between or under the ribs
- Wheezing (a high-pitched
sound when breathing).
- Tiring during and after
- Having pale, gray, or blotchy skin, especially on the
tongue, lips, earlobes, and nail beds.
Infants who have chronic lung disease often need to stay in
the hospital for several weeks to months, because they need extra oxygen. Some
may require oxygen for a while after they go home.
infants with chronic lung disease have less trouble breathing by early
childhood. But many teens and young adults who had chronic lung disease as
newborns have mildly decreased lung function. They may tire easily or notice
they are short of breath during exercise. Many children have symptoms that
are similar to those of
asthma in early childhood. These symptoms may improve
as the child grows. A few children have
moderate to severe breathing problems, including
difficulty breathing when they are resting.
Infants who have
chronic lung disease may have
- Respiratory infections that are often caused by
respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
- Narrowing of the airway (laryngotracheal
- Collapse of the airway (tracheomalacia).