Transient Tachypnea of Newborn
(TTN; Wet Lungs; Type II Respiratory Distress Syndrome; Retained Fetal Lung Fluid; Transient RDS)
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- The baby doesn’t respond well to the chemical signals during labor
- Fluid isn’t squeezed out of the lungs in the birth canal
- Rapid, labored breathing (over 60 breaths per minute)
- Grunting or moaning sounds when exhaling
- Flaring of the nostrils
- Retractions—with each breath, the chest appears to sink in between the ribs or under the ribcage
- Cyanosis—skin around the mouth and nose has a bluish tinge
- Blood tests
- Blood cultures
- Chest x-ray
- Pulse oximetry—an oxygen sensor is placed on the baby’s foot to determine how much oxygen is making it into the blood from the lungs
- Supplemental oxygen—Oxygen may be given through a mask, a tube that passes under the nose, or a tent. This extra oxygen will lower the workload on the lungs.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)—A tube is placed under the baby’s nose. The tube is attached to a breathing machine. The machine pushes a continuous flow of air or oxygen into the airways. This will help keep the airways open.
- Antibiotics—IV antibiotics may be given until test results are back. The antibiotic will be stopped if the tests do not show an infection.
- Supplemental feedings—IV feedings may be used to delivers fluids, glucose, and electrolytes.
- Ventilator support—A ventilator may be used if a baby is really struggling to breath. This machine will help or take over breathing for the baby.
- Eat a healthful diet. Aim for a diet low in saturated fats and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Have regular prenatal check-ups as advised.
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can quit.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com
Caring for Kids—Canadian Pediatrics Society http://www.cps.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Transient tachypnea of the newborn. Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=transient-tachypnea-of-the-newborn-90-P02420. Accessed September 30, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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