Chronic Lung Disease in Infants - Topic Overview
A doctor may order other tests to rule out other causes
of breathing trouble. A baby who has been already diagnosed with chronic
lung disease may have more tests to help doctors check for
How is it treated?
Treatment for chronic lung
disease depends on how severe it is. Treatment does not cure chronic lung
disease, but it does help the newborn breathe more easily. This minimizes the
stress on the newborn's body while the lungs mature and heal on their own.
Treatment begins in the hospital, with
oxygen therapy and other treatments, and usually
continues at home. Before the parents and baby leave the hospital, doctors and
nurses train the parents on how to care for their child.
children who have chronic lung disease outgrow most of their lung problems.
While they have the disease, they need to get enough nutrients to help them
grow and develop and to help prevent complications of the disease.
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