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What is the process of lung development for a premature baby?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Time and good care

Depending on how premature the baby, will determine how long until the lungs fully develop.
The little air sacs at the ends of the airtubes just take time to develop. They are very important, though, as this is where the gas exchange takes place in the lungs. In the meantime, baby might get doses of surfactant, a medicine that helps keep the lungs from sticking together. Try to be patient!

In brief: Time and good care

Depending on how premature the baby, will determine how long until the lungs fully develop.
The little air sacs at the ends of the airtubes just take time to develop. They are very important, though, as this is where the gas exchange takes place in the lungs. In the meantime, baby might get doses of surfactant, a medicine that helps keep the lungs from sticking together. Try to be patient!
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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