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What are some lung diseases in newborns and what causes them?

What are some lung diseases in newborns and what causes them?

A few: One of the most common lung difficulties we see, especially with c-section babies, is transient tachypnea of the newborn. This occurs when there is still fluid in the lungs, because the baby didn't exit via the birth canal and literally have the fluid squeezed out. Infections can also occur resulting in pneumonia. Some babies "transition" slowly, & need a little help learning to breath room air. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

Periodic breathing: Newborns breath fast...Around 40-50 x a minute. They also have a cycle of breathing called periodic breathing where they breathe very fast then slow it down and can have an interval of up to 10-15 seconds of "holding their breath" then it starts over. As long as she is pink and eating well and in no distress she is fine. If worried at all see your pediatrician..Reassurance is very helpful. ...Read more

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My new born son has fluid build up in his lungs. Is this serious?

My new born son has fluid build up in his lungs. Is this serious?

Maybe,maybe not: About 10% of newborns by c-section and some with rapid delivery develop rapid breathing due to persistence of fetal lung fluid.This usually clears during the trip down the birth canal, or within the first hour. Some will actually need oxygen for a day or so, but most do well with treatment. Making sure this is not some other condition is important to refine the treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my new born son has fluid build up in his lungs. how bad is this?

What do you suggest if my new born son has fluid build up in his lungs. how bad is this?

Transient tachypnea: Transient tachypnea of newborn lasting up to 48 hours results from fluid build up or delayed fluid clearing from lungs of newborn. It occurs usually in full term babies, more often after Cesarian birth. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lung transplants to be done in new born babies?

Is it possible for lung transplants to be done in new born babies?

Yes: Depending on the underlying condition, a lung transplant is an option for some infants with severe lung disease that can not be treated with medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give feeder bottle to a new born baby? Her mother has gone through an operation. Is it true feeder bottle can affect baby's lungs?

Is  it safe to give feeder bottle to a new born baby? Her mother has gone through an operation. Is it true feeder bottle can affect baby's lungs?

It's fine!: While breast feeding is best, if something has happened with mom and she can't breast feed, or chooses not to, it is perfectly fine to give breast milk or formula through a bottle. There are many types of bottles now, many that more closely mimic how a breast feeds and feels in the baby's mouth. If mom plans to go back to breast at some point, would recommend this type of bottle. Otherwise any ok. ...Read more

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Oxygen saturation drops to 83 to 87 when my new born baby sleeps. Lungs X-Ray and eco screening has shown normal study. What would be the reason.

Oxygen saturation drops to 83 to 87 when my new born baby sleeps. Lungs X-Ray and eco screening has shown normal study. What would be the reason.

Birth History?: Are you testing your baby's oxygen level at home? How many days old is the baby? Was the birth vaginal? Were there any complications? What was the birth weight? How is the baby feeding? How frequent are his stools? Does he show signs of respiratory distress? Does he have a heart murmur? The answer to your question definitely depends on all of the above answers! ...Read more

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My newborn has not had a wet diaper in almost 24 hours she was born less than 5 days ago what are some things I can try before the emergency room ?

If at all ill - ER!: If a newborn without a wet diaper for 24 hours is acting at all sick or lethargic, go immediately to see a physician. Newborns can get very sick very fast and one sign can be no urine output. It is unusual for a healthy newborn not to have a wet diaper for this long if breast or bottle feeding normally. They often have a bowel movement and urine after eating as a natural reflex. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs fell wet im 18 and I have asthma

Why do my lungs fell wet im 18 and I have asthma

Wet mucus?: If by wet you mean "muscusy" this is not uncommon in asthma. However, it may also indicate something else like an upper respiratory infection and should be checked by your physician. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more