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Will steroids taken for lung development help a baby grow faster than others?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Different steroid

Steroids are a group of agents with different effects, like tools in a tool box.
The steroids given to help mature lung function help stabilize membranes & promote production of surface active agent by baby lungs. The steroids used to promote muscle mass and growth are different, a different tool with different effect.

In brief: Different steroid

Steroids are a group of agents with different effects, like tools in a tool box.
The steroids given to help mature lung function help stabilize membranes & promote production of surface active agent by baby lungs. The steroids used to promote muscle mass and growth are different, a different tool with different effect.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine

In brief: No

The danger is in causing growth plates to close off early, among others.
Still the proper use when lungs are premature can be life saving.

In brief: No

The danger is in causing growth plates to close off early, among others.
Still the proper use when lungs are premature can be life saving.
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
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