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Many premature or sick babies have respiratory (breathing and lung) problems. This is because their lungs are not as fully developed as a full-term baby's. Many babies in the NICU will need to be put on a ventilator or breathing machine. Depending on the cause and complexity of the breathing problem - or problems - a baby may have, other treatments, including surgeries, may be necessary.

Some of the most common breathing problems we see are:

  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Apnea, and desaturation
  • Pneumothorax
  • Meconium aspiration
  • Persistent Pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary interstitial emphysema (PIE)
  • Chronic Lung Disease (CLD)
  • Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTNB)
  • Micrognathia (Pierre Robin)
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Airway tumor or mass interfering with breathing

In some cases, your baby may need respiratory support even after you're discharged from the NICU. Cook Children's Home Health Services offers in-home respiratory equipment and training for your convenience

We're here to help.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a NICU tour, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 855-687-6428.