Chronic Lung Disease in Infants (cont.)
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The symptoms of chronic lung disease may appear as early as 3 days after a baby is born. Usually this disease develops while the newborn is still in the hospital.
Symptoms of difficulty breathing can include:
Infants who have chronic lung disease often need to stay in the hospital for several weeks to months, because they need extra oxygen. Some may require oxygen for a while after they go home.
Usually, infants with chronic lung disease have less trouble breathing by early childhood. But many teens and young adults who had chronic lung disease as newborns have mildly decreased lung function. They may tire easily or notice they are short of breath during exercise. Many children have symptoms that are similar to those of asthma in early childhood. These symptoms may improve as the child grows. A few children have moderate to severe breathing problems, including difficulty breathing when they are resting.
Infants who have chronic lung disease may have complications, including:
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