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Who should not receive a surfactant?

A baby should not be given a surfactant until their breathing is stabilized. Usually breathing is stabilized with a ventilator, a machine that helps a baby breathe. If your baby's doctor determines the infant's lungs are underdeveloped, a surfactant will be given through your baby's breathing tube to allow him or her to breathe better.

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