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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 complications.

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.

Many 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: April 27, 2011
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