Breathing disorders are some of the most common problems that affect premature newborns because their lungs aren’t developed enough to function normally.
When your baby is born with a breathing disorder, you want the very best care for your child. University of Miami Health System offers an experienced team that specializes in treating newborns with breathing disorders like respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
RDS affects newborns — most commonly infants who are born six weeks or more before their due date. It usually develops within 24 hours of birth. RDS is caused by a lack of a substance (surfactant) that coats the lungs and allows them to fill with air. Doctors usually begin treatment as soon as the baby is born and provide advanced care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Risk factors that can increase your baby's risk of developing RDS include:
- Premature delivery (most common in babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy)
- Stress during delivery
If you have diabetes, it can also increase your baby’s risk of RDS.
Babies with RDS are at greater risk of developing BPD. BPD mostly affects babies born prematurely who need oxygen therapy (breathing assistance from a machine) for an extended period. Oxygen therapy can cause the lungs to swell and scar. Most babies recover without any long-term health problems, but the condition can be serious and requires care in the NICU.
Most infants with BPD:
- Are born 10 weeks or more before their due date
- Have breathing problems
- Weigh less than 2 pounds at birth
Why Choose UHealth?
History of excellence in critical care for babies. Our neonatologists see patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital, which has one of the largest, longest established Level III neonatal intensive care units in the United States. Our neonatal program has been ranked among the best NICUs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for the past several years. When you trust us to care for your baby, you can be confident that you are putting your child’s care in highly qualified, compassionate hands.
Recognized by our peers and patients for our excellence. Many of our pediatric doctors are recognized as America’s Top Doctors® by Castle Connolly — doctors who are nominated by their peers as being the very best in their communities. We have more Top Doctors than any other health system in South Florida. We’re affiliated with Holtz Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeastern United States. The hospital is ranked among the nation’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and nephrology.