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Transient Tachypnea

Rapid breathing in a full-term newborn (more than 60 breaths a minute) is called transient tachypnea. Until about 4 hours after the delivery, this actually can be normal.

What causes it?

About 4 hours after delivery, doctors start to look for a cause of the rapid breathing, such as pneumonia, a blood infection, or problems with the lungs, including underdevelopment.

How is it diagnosed?

Blood tests and X-rays can help diagnose the underlying condition.

How is it treated?

The lung condition usually eases within a few days with treatment. Babies are helped to breathe or receive oxygen, if needed, and their oxygen levels are closely watched.

How long will my baby be in the NICU?

A stay of 24 to 72 hours is normal while NICU staff monitor the baby's condition.

We're here to help.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour of our NICU, please call 682-885-4375. You can find information on how to refer a patient or other NICU contact information here.