Skip to content

    Health & Baby

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Chronic Lung Disease in Infants - Topic Overview

    What can you expect when your baby comes home?

    Some babies still need treatment after they go home. Before your baby leaves the hospital, you will be trained to continue your baby's care at home. For example, you may learn how to:

    • Give your baby oxygen at home.
    • Make sure your baby gets enough calories and protein.
    • Spot the signs of breathing problems and what to do if your baby has them.

    Before you take your baby home, you may want to plan ahead for extra help. Ask the hospital to recommend a home health care agency. These groups provide home visits from nurses and other services.

    It will be important to protect your baby's lungs and prevent infections:

    • Take extra care to avoid the spread of infection. Wash your hands often. And if your child needs day care, choose a small group (with no more than three children) if you can.
    • Schedule regular doctor visits. Your child will need to be checked for problems from chronic lung disease and for growth and development problems.
    • Get your child immunized as recommended.
    • Don't let people smoke around your child.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1 | 2 | 3
    1 | 2 | 3
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    mother on phone holding baby
    When you should call 911.
    parents and baby
    Unexpected ways your life will change.
     
    baby acne
    What’s normal – and what’s not.
    baby asleep on moms shoulder
    Help your baby get the sleep he needs.
     

    mother holding baby at night
    ARTICLE
    mother with sick child
    QUIZ
     
    Chinese mother breast feeding newborn baby girl
    SLIDESHOW
    Track Your Babys Vaccines
    TOOL
     
    Baby Napping 10 Dos And Donts
    Slideshow
    Mother with her baby boy
    Article
     
    baby in crib
    Slideshow
    baby gear slideshow
    Slideshow