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Is rds hereditary, is there a test I can have to make sure my next child doesn't have the same problem?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Can happen to all

Typical rds results when a baby is born before the lung has finished developing and can happen to any baby born prematurely.
Like having a new house without painted walls, premi's have lung tissue without a chemical on the walls to help aerate the lungs. Some factors like stress increaselung maturity while diabetes in mom can slow it. Your best prevention is to keep healthy & deliver on time.

In brief: Can happen to all

Typical rds results when a baby is born before the lung has finished developing and can happen to any baby born prematurely.
Like having a new house without painted walls, premi's have lung tissue without a chemical on the walls to help aerate the lungs. Some factors like stress increaselung maturity while diabetes in mom can slow it. Your best prevention is to keep healthy & deliver on time.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: No single test

Prematurity is typically the main factor associated with rds.
Genetic predisposition may play a role in rds in certain patients, and there is limited genetic screening that might sometimes help to predict which patients may develop rds. However, there is not a universal way to prevent rds with certainty. A discussion with a perinatologist and your obstetrician-gynecologist might be helpful.

In brief: No single test

Prematurity is typically the main factor associated with rds.
Genetic predisposition may play a role in rds in certain patients, and there is limited genetic screening that might sometimes help to predict which patients may develop rds. However, there is not a universal way to prevent rds with certainty. A discussion with a perinatologist and your obstetrician-gynecologist might be helpful.
Dr. Jason Adler
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