Respiratory Disease (Newborn)
team of doctors helps to manage all babies who require ventilatory support.
Head and Senior Consultant
- A/Prof Zubair Amin
- Dr Yvonne Ng Peng Mei
Lee Le Ye
Signs & Symptoms
will show signs of respiratory distress: breathing at a fast rate, have
in-drawing movements of the chest wall, or appear to be bluish around the lips.
What causes it
There are many causes
related to the airways and lungs: meconium or blood aspiration (meconium or
blood enters the lungs during birth process), delayed absorption of lung
fluids, or a lung infection. Other causes which may cause the baby to show
distress include conditions affecting other organ systems, for example,
malformations of the heart and intestines, or early infection.
Babies with these
conditions will be transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for
further care. Oxygen and/or other forms of respiratory support will be
provided. Supportive measures include intravenous fluid therapy and
antibiotics. Some babies with severe respiratory illness may need specialized
breathing support such as high frequency oscillatory ventilation or nitric
Diagnosis and Treatment Options