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Steroids taken for lung development could help a baby grow faster than others?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Speed up finish work

The type of steroids given for premi labor are different than those that come out at puberty & help muscles grow.
These premi doses speed up the finish work of lung development, allowing babies lung to begin producing a surface active agent that allows the lung sacs not to completely deflate when they exhale. This is like paint on a room wall, a final coating. Without it they can get rds.

In brief: Speed up finish work

The type of steroids given for premi labor are different than those that come out at puberty & help muscles grow.
These premi doses speed up the finish work of lung development, allowing babies lung to begin producing a surface active agent that allows the lung sacs not to completely deflate when they exhale. This is like paint on a room wall, a final coating. Without it they can get rds.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Maturation

Rather than growth, steroids given during pregnancy help in organ maturation.
For the lungs this is about breathing right . In the baby's liver it may help in bilirubin metabolism preventing jaundice (yellow skin) in the baby.

In brief: Maturation

Rather than growth, steroids given during pregnancy help in organ maturation.
For the lungs this is about breathing right . In the baby's liver it may help in bilirubin metabolism preventing jaundice (yellow skin) in the baby.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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