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What is respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature babies?

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a breathing disorder in premature babies that is most often caused by their inability to produce surfactant. Surfactant is the fatty substance that coats the tiny sacs in the lungs to keep them from collapsing. Other causes of respiratory distress can be infection or breathing meconium (the baby's first stool) or fluid into the lungs.

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What are the symptoms of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in infants?
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There are 3 classic symptoms associated with respiratory distress syndrome:Intracostal retractions a...
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How is respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in infants diagnosed?
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The diagnosis of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) begins with gathering information about the inf...
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Who is likely to get neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?
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Babies born prior to 36 weeks gestation are at risk to develop respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). ...
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How is respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in infants treated?
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The goals of treatment of the infant with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) are:To decrease t...
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