Sometimes, babies who are born early (premature) or with a heart problem or other condition have damaged lungs and have trouble breathing. This is called chronic lung disease, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Parts of the lungs can trap air, fill with fluid, and make extra mucus.
You may be scared and worried about your baby having a serious health problem. But most babies who have chronic lung disease survive, and many outgrow most of their lung problems. Your baby is likely to need medicines and extra feedings to help his or her lungs heal. You can do much of the care that your child needs at home.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child’s treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your child’s test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Y236 in the search box to learn more about "Chronic Lung Disease in Children: Care Instructions".
Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.