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Why do premature babies need oxygen?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many babies delivered prematurely are almost ready to function on their own except for breathing, even if they need a little extra time for organ development. When the baby can't breathe on his own, the doctors will immediately take the infant to the neonatal nursery for oxygen. There, you'll work with the team to figure out how best to feed and interact with your newborn.

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