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Underdeveloped lungs in new baby and just finding out I should have got steroids. Any hope now?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Sometimes

Maternal steroids is sometimes used during premature labor to attempt to accelerate babies lung maturity.
It is gestation dependent, meaning they find it helps at a certain gestation (weeks pregnant) and not so much for others.Any drug that is strong enough to do good will have potential side effects that could harm.This question should be directed to those who made the decision.

In brief: Sometimes

Maternal steroids is sometimes used during premature labor to attempt to accelerate babies lung maturity.
It is gestation dependent, meaning they find it helps at a certain gestation (weeks pregnant) and not so much for others.Any drug that is strong enough to do good will have potential side effects that could harm.This question should be directed to those who made the decision.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Steroids are certainly a popular maternal treatment that has some evidence suggesting it helps with fetal lung development.
Now there is a medicine called surfactant available in the nursery which has revolutionized the ability to treat fetal lung immaturity after birth. Your pediatrician/neonatolgist should be able to provide all the information you need regarding this treatment.

In brief: Yes

Steroids are certainly a popular maternal treatment that has some evidence suggesting it helps with fetal lung development.
Now there is a medicine called surfactant available in the nursery which has revolutionized the ability to treat fetal lung immaturity after birth. Your pediatrician/neonatolgist should be able to provide all the information you need regarding this treatment.
Dr. David Doucette
Dr. David Doucette
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