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

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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