Treatments for Rapid Breathing in Newborns

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As experts in critically ill babies, our neonatal team can help if your newborn has the rapid or very noisy breathing of transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTNB). We offer several treatments that can help your child. The good news is that this condition can improve quite quickly. Some babies improve quickly enough that they are able to leave the neonatal unit and return to the mother-baby unit before the mother is discharged from the hospital.

Treatments We Provide

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

The CPAP device consists of a small mask or short prongs that insert a short distance into the baby’s nose. Constant air pressure is then delivered through this device. The pressure is transmitted through the windpipe down into the baby’s lungs to help inflate the lungs. This makes it easier for the baby to breathe. In addition, this extra pressure may speed up the movement of fluid from the lungs into the baby’s body. Additional oxygen can be delivered with this device if the baby needs it.

How long CPAP is necessary varies from baby to baby, but can be as short as just a few hours. Blood tests are done every few hours while the baby is on CPAP. This helps us to adjust the level of support that we are giving and guides us on when to stop the CPAP.

Intravenous Fluids

Because your baby’s breathing rate is too high to eat, intravenous fluids may be necessary to keep your baby healthy. Once the baby’s breathing status has improved and CPAP is no longer necessary, we will likely start milk feedings at that time. Occasionally a baby may still be breathing too fast to drink by mouth. If so, tube feedings may be required for a short period of time.