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How will my child be given surfactant?

Before being given the medication, your baby's breathing needs to be stabilized. This is usually done with a ventilator which involves placing a tube into your child's windpipe to help with breathing. An artificial surfactant, such as Survanta, is then given through the tube over the course of 30 minutes. During the treatment, your baby will be gently moved and turned so that the surfactant is spread evenly throughout his or her lungs.

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