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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Medically Reviewed Oct 2022
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What is bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)?

What causes BPD?

What are the symptoms of BPD?

Symptoms in babies include:

  • Fast breathing

  • Looking like they're struggling to breathe

  • Blue skin caused by low oxygen levels

How can doctors tell if my baby has BPD?

Doctors suspect BPD if your baby:

  • Was born prematurely and needed a ventilator for a long time

  • Continues to need extra oxygen or to be on the ventilator after the original lung problem has gotten better

To know for sure doctors will do:

How do doctors treat BPD?

To treat BPD, doctors will:

  • Give your baby oxygen through a small tube placed in the nose

  • Have your baby take extra breast milk or formula to help your baby’s lungs grow

  • Give medicine to make your baby urinate (pee) to get extra fluid out of the body, including the lungs

When your baby leaves the hospital, doctors will:

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