Breathing Problem In Newborn

Newborn respiratory distress syndrome usually affects premature babies whose lungs are not fully developed, thereby producing breathing difficulties. It is also known as surfactant deficiency lung disease because it is characterized by the deficiency of surfactant. It is because the surfactant of the lung is generally produced only between 24th and 28th week. Steroid injections are to be given before birth in babies who are suspected to be born prematurely. Ventilator support may be needed after birth.

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Our newborn baby is being fed through external pipe.Will this cause any problem?

Query: Hello doctor, Our newborn baby suffered in first inhalation and his heartbeat stopped one second and then his breath and heartbeat got restored. But x-ray shows some traces (please refer attachement). His heart is normal and he is in ICU for normal treatment of oxygen and normal feeding through ex...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the information provided about the condition of the baby, baby did not breathe soon after birth, which babies should normally do. So, the baby was given breathing support from outside, so that baby breathed after a minute and hence restored breathing and heartbeat...  Read Full »

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