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Respiratory Disorders

  • Apnea of Prematurity
    It’s a cliché that many new parents need to reassure themselves that the baby is still breathing. But what if your baby really is having breathing problems? A breathing condition called apnea of prematurity affects some babies, especially if they’re born early. But you can learn what symptoms to look for.
  • Chronic Lung Disease
    If your baby was born premature and needed to be on a respirator, her lungs may have been damaged. This can cause a condition called chronic lung disease (CLD). But CLD can be treated, and as lungs mature the condition can improve. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for CLD.
  • Meconium Aspiration
    Meconium aspiration occurs when a baby breathes in amniotic fluid containing meconium (the baby's first stools).
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
    In this condition, a newborn's circulation changes back to the circulation of a fetus, where much of the blood flow bypasses the lungs.
  • Pneumothorax
    Pneumothorax is a lung disorder in which air in the lungs leaks out through holes in the lung tissue into the spaces outside the lung airways.
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    This disease is one of the most common problems of premature babies. It can cause babies to need extra oxygen and help in breathing.
  • Sex During Pregnancy
    In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your doctor's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery.
  • The Respiratory System in Babies
    By about 35 weeks gestation, most babies have developed adequate amounts of surfactant, a substance normally released into the lung tissues to lower surface tension in the airways. This helps keep the air sacs in the lung open.
  • Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn
    Transient tachypnea of the newborn is a term for a mild respiratory problem of babies that begins after birth and lasts about three days.