How Do Doctors Treat Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia?
Doctors can treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia in a few ways. The care team will talk with you about which treatments are right for your baby. He might need to continue treatment after leaving the hospital.
Common treatments include:
- Lower-pressure ventilators
- Diuretics (water pills) to lower the amount of fluid built up in the lungs
- Medications, such as bronchodialators (to relax the airways), corticosteroids (to reduce swelling in the airways) or antibiotics.
- If your baby has trouble feeding, a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube)
Will the Lung Damage Get Better?
It depends on the type of lung damage. The scar tissue will not go away, but new lung tissue will develop. Over time, you baby will feel better. Treatment can help ease his symptoms while your baby’s lungs recover. Your care team can answer any questions you have about your baby’s lung damage.