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What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

RDS: We build lungs in stages like a house. One of the final stages is the production of a soapy material called surfactant that lines the inside of air sacs & prevents the sacs from deflating after a breath.Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so too many will deflate leading to distress.Respiratory assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfactant ...Read more

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What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

RDS: We build lungs in stages like a house. One of the final stages is the production of a soapy material called surfactant that lines the inside of air sacs & prevents the sacs from deflating after a breath.Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so too many will deflate leading to distress.Respiratory assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfactant ...Read more

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Could you explain what is infant respiratory distress syndrome?

Could you explain what is infant respiratory distress syndrome?

RDS: Is due to immaturity of the lungs at birth. The lungs produce a product called surfactant as they mature, prior to completion of the pregnancy term. When a baby is pre-term, then there may be a lack of adequate surfactant. This is called respiratory distress syndrome. Surfactant helps the lungs to inflate properly so they can exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. It usually improves in days. ...Read more

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Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome are the same thing?

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome are the same thing?

Degree of injury: Bpd is likely to occur in infants whose rds was prolonged and whose airway pressures for ventilation were high enough to produce the level of airway injury seen with bpd. The human system has a great capacity to repair itself over time & the bpd kid is the one whose lungs may show abnormalities for several years while the transient rds kid's lung is essentially normal by age 1. ...Read more

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Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome one and the same?

Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome one and the same?

No.: Infant rds happens minutes to hours after a premature birth, due to lack of surfactant ('lubricant') in baby lungs. Bpd is long-term (weeks to months) damage resulting from rds. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome the same thing?

Can docs please explain are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome the same thing?

No: Respiratory distress syndrome refers to immaturity of the lungs and the resulting constellation of symptoms seen in premature infants. Bronchi pulmonary dysphasia or chronic lung disease is often the end result of severe RDS which required lots of respiratory support and refers to the prolonged need for oxygen or diuretic or bronchodilator therapy to treat these relatively maldeveloped lungs. ...Read more

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What is respiratory distress syndrome in a baby?

What is respiratory distress syndrome in a baby?

Prematurity: Leads to immature lunga with inadequate surfactant, a detergent that helps keep alveoli open. High o2 concentrations can cause retrolentil fibroplasoia leading to blindness. ...Read more

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Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Absolutely: There have been many studies showing excellent lung function in children who suffered from respiratory distress syndrome as premies. However, these babies may be more susceptible to long term consequences to the developing lungs of viral infections, cigarette smoke and allergens. ...Read more

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Does a baby learn to make its own surfactant if it is born with respiratory distress syndrome?

Does a baby learn to make its own surfactant if it is born with respiratory distress syndrome?

Yes: With rare exceptions, all babies have the ability to make their own surfactant, even if they have not done so prior to birth. Once born, the surfactant system is activated, even in extremely preterm infants, and they will start to make their own surfactant within several hours. There are rare genetic conditions where the baby can never make their own surfactant. ...Read more

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