A Look at Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Infants

RDS can have severe complications; the greater the severity of their RDS the greater their chance of having severe side effects. Complications include: air leaking into the space between the lungs (pneumomediastinum), air leaking between the interior chest wall and the lungs (pneumothorax), air leaking around the heart (pneumopericardium), leaked air becoming trapped between the lung’s alveoli (pulmonary interstitial emphysema) and chronic lung disease.

The single best way to prevent your baby being born with RDS is to do all you can to prevent a premature birth. Mother’s can do this by remaining healthy and stress-free, continuing to treat any pre-existing health conditions, and having regular checkups while pregnant. The good news is that more than 90 percent of babies born with RDS survive.

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