Breathing support for premature babies

Many premature babies need help with breathing for a while. This is known as ventilation.

Until your baby is born, her lungs are filled with a liquid that helps them grow and develop. During labour and birth this fluid is absorbed so that after birth she can take in the surrounding air. Premature babies are at high risk of developing breathing problems because their lungs are not yet mature enough to make this switch without some extra help.

The healthcare team will aim to use a ventilation (breathing) strategy that is as gentle as possible, because in some cases artificial breathing machines (ventilators) can cause lung problems such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (see below).

Types of ventilation support on the baby unit

Mechanical ventilation through an endotracheal tube (intubation)


A plastic tube is inserted through the nose or mouth into the windpipe and air or an air–oxygen mix is blown in and out of the lungs under pressure. The machine does most or all of the breathing for the baby.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

Short prongs or a mask are positioned by the nostril or nose, and air or oxygen is blown in at a constant pressure. Your baby does all of her own breathing, but the machine helps keep the lungs open in between breaths.

Nasal prong oxygen

nasal prong

A pair of small prongs is used to deliver extra oxygen through the nostrils. This option is used when the baby does not need pressure to keep the lungs open, but needs a little extra oxygen to maintain sufficiently high oxygen levels in her bloodstream. A modified version of this is called Vapotherm, which allows higher levels of oxygen to be delivered through prongs, and works in a similar way to CPAP (above).

Newborn respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)

Respiratory distress syndrome occurs commonly in premature babies because their lungs are structurally immature and they lack of a substance called surfactant. Surfactant is a lubricant that is produced by the lungs and covers the inner lining of the breathing sacs. In large enough quantities, surfactant prevents the lungs from collapsing at the end of each breath. Without surfactant, it is hard for the baby to take in oxygen, and this can result in a range of serious health problems.

To help prevent RDS, the team will put some surfactant into the baby's lungs in tiny quantities, through a tube that goes down the windpipe. After the treatment, they will keep a close eye on how well your baby is breathing and alter the support from whichever breathing machine is used as necessary.

Giving corticosteroids to the mother during pregnancy, and giving surfactant to the newborn baby, greatly reduces the risk of a range of lung and breathing-related conditions for the baby.

Breathing issues/problems in premature babies

Challenges your premature baby may face when taking in oxygen:


Pronounced 'ap-nee-ya', this is the term for episodes when a baby stops breathing. Premature babies will often stop breathing, or breathe very shallowly, for 5–10 seconds, before resuming normal breathing – this is known as periodic breathing.

True apnoea is defined as episodes that last more than 20 seconds. This often happens because the breathing centre of the brain has not yet matured. The healthcare team will probably recommend either caffeine treatment, which stimulates the breathing centre, or support with a ventilator. Studies suggest that most babies will have overcome apnoea by 37 to 40 weeks corrected age. However extremely premature babies may not achieve this until 43 weeks corrected age.


During an episode of apnoea (see above), some babies' heart rates may drop (called bradycardia).


This term refers to a bluish skin tone, caused by a lack of oxygen. This happens because blood that is low in oxygen is blue-purple, while oxygen-rich blood is bright red. In dark-skinned people, cyanosis may be more noticeable in the lips, tongue or nail beds.

Nasal flaring

If your baby's nostrils open widely or flare out, this could be a sign that she is having to work hard to breathe.


If your baby's airways aren't fully open she may suck in the centre of her chest to breathe. When this happens, you may notice a dip between the ribs.

Rapid breathing

This problem, known as tachypnoea, is often a sign of distress. Your baby's team will examine her and may carry out investigations to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also known as chronic lung disease

This condition, formerly known as chronic lung disease of infancy, is the diagnosis given to babies who need extra oxygen at 36 weeks corrected age. The more premature the baby, the more common BPD is. It may be made worse by artificial ventilation, which may be used in the early weeks of life to improve the baby's chance of survival but can cause scarring or inflammation in the baby's lungs.

A baby with BPD may go home on oxygen and some will need to continue this therapy for several months, or even years. If this happens, you will be supported by specialist nurses in the community.

The baby unit

Caring for your baby

  • Mother holding baby to her chest.

    Kangaroo care

    Skin-to-skin contact with your premature baby is a wonderful way for you both to bond. It also provides health benefits.

  • Mother holding premature baby.

    Caring for your baby: your role

    You will play an important part in your premature baby's care, even while they are in the NICU.

  • Premature baby using feeding equipment.

    Feeding your premature baby

    Your premature baby's diet will be carefully balanced to suit their tiny digestive system while meeting the needs of their growing body.

  • Premature baby in incubator.

    Positioning your premature baby

    Positioning your premature baby correctly can make them feel secure, improve their breathing ability, strengthen their muscles and reduce the risk of cot death.

Treatment and medical support your baby may have


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  5. ADAM Medical Encylopedia (accessed Sept 2011) Apnea of prematurity, PubMed Health,
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    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 May 2020 - 11:40

      With weight of 1.134g.first two days he was breath with support of oxygen after two days in his own but now he is breathing with the support of machine .how long he want to be with he is 10 days

    • By Felicia (not verified) on 20 May 2020 - 14:15

      My son was 29weeks and has had IVH 2 and cpac and bradycardia Anya he was 3bl 1 oz now he is 4bl it gets better wit pray keep faith in god .. now the dr rare over feeding him trying to feed a 1 ounce. Of milk and his tummy get big so that keep stopping him off and on b

    • By Mickey (not verified) on 15 Mar 2020 - 04:36

      My baby boy was born at 25 weeks I had pelvic ovarian cysts and they're thinking that is why I delivered early he is now 33 weeks gestational age 56 days old he is currently on CPAP and has a lot of issues but we are pushing forward he's currently 4 lb 1 oz and just started wearing clothes today so he's holding his own temp we got a long ways to go but we've come a long ways and to all you guys with little babies in the NICU God bless I hope everything works out well and all we can do is pray and be there for them

    • By Parent (not verified) on 20 Jul 2019 - 06:39

      My baby was born at 27 weeks, was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and was on continuous oxygen support . We tried our best in saving him but ventilation support had worsen his lungs and he is no more with us.

    • By Mohapi (not verified) on 25 May 2019 - 22:27

      Hey doc pls give advice my baby its premature she is born @28 weeks I'm very worried she has a problem of lungs she is not breathing by her self she is getting help from machine that is making me very worried she weigh 1:52kg

    • By Mano (not verified) on 19 May 2019 - 14:17

      Hi, We have delivered (normal delivery) 27+3 weeks boy with 970 gram weight. And he currently out of mechanical support and while doctors trying to take out from o2 support but he is facing some trouble breathing after sometime. It's now 17 days in NICU and can anyone able to tell how long it ll take for baby to breath air from atmosphere. He is normal when in o2 support and for some time he can breath with out any support. Can we move him out of NICU with o2 support at this stage?

    • By Fran (not verified) on 6 May 2019 - 17:47

      for weeks in the nicu my nurses continued to tell me “take care of yourself” and man oh man.....that pissed me off, so although I am not attacking the writer personally, I am going to share some thoughts!!!
      First....a mother of a 40 week old goes home tired and has to deal with endless colic and sleepless nights caring for their newborn....there is no one to feel sympathy for her. A nicu mom is no different! If anything....she should be there sacrificing more because her wee little baby is fighting for air, development, strength, energy....and it isn’t my opinion, it is fact.....babies, especially preemies....need their mothers!!! They need touch, a mothers voice, her heartbeat, her unending affection....I have 7 kids at home and still, with our 8th baby making a very early premiere into the world I was with him the whole time. I was his constant. I was his ultimate medicine!!!! In the nicu, for anyone who’s ever spent weeks sleeping in a chair, and weeks and weeks never seeing the inside of their own home, watch those nurses....they aren’t interested in soothing baby cries, they aren’t holding your baby in the night....your baby is left to scream and panic while they monitor the vitals!!!! The babies emotional well-being plays a critical part in their healing and the nurses aren’t there for emotional stability of your baby!!!!! I spent weeks in an intensive nicu, and was transferred to a level 2 nicu where I spent weeks, and between them both, I will have ptsd from the neglect in the nicu from nurses. When you are there they are attentive and kind and informative...but it’s a baby to their own in the isolette when you leave!!!! So can take care of yourself later. Your baby won’t be in this situation for long and they will grow up and you will have time for yourself....your baby needs you in the nicu, you need to be a mother from day 1 , not the day you go home!!! It can be your work too, weighing baby, bathing, cleaning, making sure they don’t rip out their ng tube, holding their hands and their soother while they undergo the blue lights(the evil blue box as I call it)....just your hand on them, your voice, your chest to rest their head on while they hear your familiar heartbeat....the nicu is the best place for a mommy to be her babies medicine!!! We blew the doctors minds in growth, gains, stability, etc......we left the nicu weeks earlier than babies who arrived before or at the same time at the same gestation....the power of a mother is real!!!! Be there with your baby!! They are fighting a huge battle and they need you by their side!!! If you can’t be there, have a friend spend the night, have them hold your baby, don’t let your baby despair in the nicu alone!!!!!

    • By LD (not verified) on 31 Jul 2019 - 12:34

      This is so true. My daughter was forced to have her baby at 23 weeks because she had been running high bps for most of her pregnancy and one day while going to fill prescriptions with my mom because she had been feeling dizzy. She had to go to 2 different pharmacies. She went in to the first one and just wasnt feeling well so at the next pharmacy my mom went in to pick up the prescription comes out and finds my daughter slumped over with blood coming from her mouth. She had experienced a grand mal seizure. Never been sick in her life until the pregnancy at 38. The little one came here at 23 weeks fully developed with her eyes wide open! From day one as my daughter was getting well she couldnt see the baby for the first few days because she was recovering. But I was her stand in. Baby's dad was there also going to the Nicu to stand in with and for mom. Once my daughter was able to come down to see her little one for the first time it was a bond that only a mother knows. From that point I went to work with one badge and a second badge to be with my daughter while she kept watch over her daughter everyday. They would tell her well you dont have to come everyday she will be fine. My daughter would tell them as long as shes here this is where I will be. The new thing is cameras in the Nicu so you can wstch your baby from wherever you are so while I was at work I would have her on my monitor and you better believe there were people from all over watching. My thing was while we were there there were babies who hardly ever got visits and when the parents did come it would literally be for a few minutes and theyd be gone and you would hear babies left crying alone all the while until it was their turn for diaper change or their lights were blinking and a nurse had to come see about them and although I understand the nurses cant be at yhe beck and call at all times but every second you arent charting. There were times where my daughter had to go home and take care of things but someone was always watching. You have got to stay on top of your babies care. We have been blessed to have an awesome Dr who has been vigilant in the baby's care. We started at birth at 23 weeks. Friday she will be 3 months old. One month 29 days from her original due date. Born weighing 1lb 2.2 ozs now weighing 5lbs and 4.5 ozs. Weeks away from going home this has been a journey. I cant stress enough you have to be present in order for your baby to thrive. This little knows when her moms around since day one, her great grandma, her grandma grandpa and dad. There has not been one day that she was without human contact from family. And she has thrived because of it. The hospital calls her a rockstar. She most definitely is Gods little rockstar!!

    • By Denise (not verified) on 12 Apr 2020 - 18:03

      My grandaughter was born at 26 weeks,,, 1lb, 5oz. Because of the corona virus, only my daughter in law can go and be with her, my son cannot because there can only be one visitor, she is encouraged to stay for a few hours everyday only and then come home! I would love to go and sit with the baby and so would my son for this emotional support for the baby but we are not allowed and it upsets me that the baby may be crying and only given attention when treatment, feeding or problems require the nurses!

    • By A.k (not verified) on 11 Apr 2020 - 15:54

      1000% agree with you ! I believe babies need their parents (specially mum) even in the nicu to comfort them,make it easy for them(this is immunity itself),show them we are still here because baby is used to his mother since in the womb and plus no one will care more than a mother does.
      I delivered in the so-called corona time and I am not able to spend with my baby more than 10 min for preventing the disease in the nicu.

    • By [email protected] (not verified) on 15 Apr 2020 - 15:27

      My granddaughter was born rightist 24 weeks weighing 1 lb 3 emergency c section. My daughter found out at her 20 week anatomy scan that she had a short cervix and that at this point all the dr could do was give her progesterone cream to try to stop her from going into labor. Three days later she was rushed to hospital with contractions. Fortunately they were able to stop contractions but few days later she was dilated to 4 cm without any contractions. She remained in hospital on bed rest which helped for another week. Then she woke at 4 a.m. screaming for me because she was lying in a pool of blood. She had told a nurse the day before that she was having a bloody mucus discharge that had a horrible smell but my daughter and I were dismissed and told it was ok by my daughter's day nurse. That morning when she woke in the pool if blood the dr examined her and she was dilated to 10 cm. Needless to say she was rushed to surgery for c section. This is when our hell really began. The baby was born still in the sack thank God! The dr said it was the hardest sac that she had ever broken. The baby was doing good and for 3 days she was breathing on her own. On 4th day they put her on ventilator without giving her any surfactant. By day 7 she was not doing well and when I asked about giving her surfactant the dr told me that they had passed that window on day 5 and could not give it to her.
      I want to mention that the next day after my daughter gave birth she became septic and spent 2 days in ICU. Because she was 4 cm dilated for 2 weeks she has gotten an infection because she did not receive antibiotics and the infection is why she went into labor. A dr told my daughter this himself but we had already realized this ourselves.
      To make a long long story a little shorter, my granddaughter is 48 weeks and still in a nicu(her second hospital nicu) My daughter gad her teansferred because of the utter inadequate care at the first nicu hospital. I saw first hand because I stayed with my daughter the first few months. The Drs didnt care and the nurses didn't care. The baby was just another case. At one point when the baby was only 8 days old 2 Drs told my daughter to let the baby go!
      Since January 1, 2020 she has been in this hospital nicu and my daughter has been with her baby the entire time. In a few short days it will be 6 months that my granddaughter and daughter have been in hospitals. My daughter only leaves to go to Ronald McDonald house to shower and sometimes eat once a day. They baby has a nicvu camera and our family watches the baby throughout the day when the nurses turn it back on. If it was not for my daughter staying with her previous baby I am afraid she would not be here. You are so right the nurses do not care about your baby!! It is just their patient for that shift and they come in the baby's room every 3 hours or so for what they call care time. When my daughter has not been there I have watched them come in her room without gloves put her milk in the feeding machine, at times not even change her diaper, and just wrap her so tight in a blanket that it looks like toucher. They now put her in a bouncy chair on the floor with toys and leave her the whole time my daughter is not there. She leaves ckean clothes for them to change her in case she is not there at care time but they usually do not change her. I gave never seen them talk to the baby or interact with her one time. You are so right, a mommy is a nicu baby's medicine. My daughter has held, bathe, feed and cared for her baby for the last 6 months. We are still no closer to going home because they can not tell my daughter what the main issue is eith the baby. She is on an oxygen cannula and doing great. My daughter is almost positive the baby has a milk allergy to the formula they are giving her. All the signs are there. The baby has had a terrible diaper rash for weeks on end because of having diarrhea constantly. Her bottom looks like it has been burned. My daughter has bought her own diaper cream but the rash has gotten so bad that now they are using a strong cream that may be for burns!
      I cannot believe the inadequate care that we have seen at 2 nicu hospitals. When I was able to visit at the hospital I would by pass by the other baby's rooms and the ones who did not have a parent or family member with them were just lying alone in dark rooms even during the day or in the floor in a bouncy seat starting at the walls without anyone talking or playing with them. How sad that these people who should care for these precious little babies who have fought to stay alive simply just do not care. It is not their child!!

    • By Ravi Ranjan (not verified) on 25 Apr 2019 - 19:45

      My baby born on 36th week ,his weight is 3kg.he is on ventilator ,he has breathing problem. Suggest me something doctor ,what should i do ,will he recover ??? This is very painful time for me and family..

    • By Pallavi (not verified) on 1 Feb 2019 - 07:54

      My twins were born on 14.01.2019, at 26+5 weeks. Weighing 830 and 835 Grams. Still on ventilation. How much time will it take to wean off the machine? What is the average time taken? What are the issues with long term dependency on ventilation.?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Feb 2019 - 12:58

      Hi Pallavi - the people best placed to answer your questions, are the NICU nurses and doctors that are looking after your babies. They will have full access to their medical history and know roughly what is expected of a premature baby at that gestation. I wish you all the best, Tommy's Midwife

    • By Rafiahmed (not verified) on 30 Jan 2019 - 19:06

      My son is born at 32 weeks his weight is 1300 grams. He is breathing him self.
      But he is vomiting after having milk
      He will recover and how many weeks he required to stay in NISU

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 31 Jan 2019 - 09:12

      Hi - Thank you for your message and sharing the news of your baby's birth with us. It is great that baby is breathing by himself, but i'm sorry to read he is having difficulty with taking in his feeds.
      How long you baby will be in hospital will be determined by how well he is, if he is putting on weight and many other issues. It is best to discuss this with the team looking after your son who have a much clearer idea and can advise you in detail.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 May 2019 - 15:46

      They may injecting milk hence he's aspirsting it.

    • By His Mom (not verified) on 9 Nov 2018 - 09:11

      Hi, my Son was born at 24 weeks 5 days with 560 grams. I had pre-eclampsia, he was born with an emergency c-section. Never in my wildest nightmares have I ever thought after three healthy babies I will be entering to the world of the NICU-parents.
      He has been in the NICU for 67 days, and still counting. He first opened his eyees when he was 9 days old. I first got to hold him when he was 17 days old. Because he was on a breathing tube for the first 17 days. Than was finally switched to Niv-Nava, and was on that till he was 58 days old. First time when he slept on his belly, has been a belly-sleeper ever since. He just recently has been switched to CPAP, and slowly the pressure has been decreased. On his 66th day of life, just yesterday I finally get to see his beautiful face without any tubes. He has been pulling his nose canula constantly, nurse took it as a sign. It has been almost 24 hours and so far he had no de-sats, no episodes. This little miracle package has a grade 4 IVH, some thyroid problems, hernia, but never had issues with his breathing. Now he is 34 week old gestational age, still weeks away from his due date, breathing on his own, and weighting barely 1200 grams. Breathing on his own, but still in the incubator. The other day I realized while sitting next to him, how every beep in the NICU used to give me a heart attack, even if it was not him dropping a heart beat, my blood pressure went up. How hard was it to see all the tubes, cords, wires attached to his tiny body. But now days, I realized when I am told I need to take some time for myself, the most relaxing place is my son's NICU room. Surrounded by the beeps, the monitors, the tubes. That is my safe place now too.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Nov 2018 - 11:26

      Thank you for sharing you very honest and beautifully articulated story of your precious son. Wishing him and you all the very best.

    • By Leslie (not verified) on 3 Jan 2019 - 10:44

      I'm so glad to read ur post and your updates on your baby...mine is about the same story he is now 47 days old today I was 25 weeks and 3 days when I had an emergancy c-section because I was pretty eclampsia. Ive been stressed to the mask and constantly worried about him it's always one thing it's another but he is a fighter I'm so glad to hear your story gives me more hope thank you

    • By MmaMokgala (not verified) on 4 Feb 2019 - 07:07

      I feel what u were saying, my baby was born at 28 weeks as well, after three successful pregnancies. I had preclamsia at 26 weeks. Every time I hear those peeps when I enter my heartbeat increases. When I get a call from hospital my heart stops a bit...

    • By Tammy (not verified) on 1 Nov 2018 - 04:44

      She was on CPAP for like 4 days then they removed her because she was breathing good they said its probably because of her weight she was born 2lb 14oz but she breathe better being on her tummy she is healthily other wise 7 day brain scan came back good and they improving her feed through tube each day how long do you think she will be in the hospital and what am I to expect she is 29 weeks now

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Nov 2018 - 11:52

      Hi Tammy
      The best practitioners to help you answer this question, is the neonatal doctors and nurses caring for your baby. They will have full access to her history - both when you were pregnant with her and when she was first born. They will also know how she is doing developmentally day by day.
      It sounds like she is having wonderful care and we wish her a speedy recovery and for you all to be home together as soon as possible.
      All the best Tommy's Midwife

    • By Ada (not verified) on 22 Sep 2018 - 04:21

      I am Ada my baby was born at 29 weeks. She was on oxygen for 3 days after birth then oxygen was removed. Now she is 31 weeks back to Oxygen I hope my little girl is ok.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Sep 2018 - 12:44

      I hope so too Ada. We wish her all the best as she goes through the next few weeks. We hope that our information has given you some support and encouragement. Take care

    • By Venolen (not verified) on 29 Aug 2018 - 13:35

      Hi my wife went in to early labour at 29 weeks..she had to undergo an emergency c-section,,baby is only 13days only today..and they have oxygen on him to help with breathing. They say the machine is set on low so will there be a need to have oxygen at home wen baby gets discharged

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 31 Aug 2018 - 14:05

      Hi Venolen,
      They will not discharge the baby home until they are happy with their breathing, if the baby stills needs oxygen then they will stay in the hospital. The only exception would be if the baby has a long term condition where they will need oxygen however they would discuss this with you prior to discharge.
      I hope your wife and baby are doing well.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Lelo (not verified) on 11 Aug 2018 - 04:43

      My baby was born at 28 weeks and was breathing through oxygen till the 6th day she couldn't breath kept on breathing n stopping she was on machine that helps her to breath and have orange brownish urine with lil blood . What's wrong with my baby and what are her chances

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Aug 2018 - 16:39

      I am sure that your baby is in the best hands. The baby doctors will be the best people to ask about her chances. Please don't be scared to ask. We wish you both all the best. Take care x

    • By christie (not verified) on 26 Jul 2018 - 15:04

      my baby girl was born 36 weeks with congenital anomaly. one ear seem fine but the other is partially missing. she has been on oxygen. we ran several tests which came out fine but she is still on oxygen 4days now. I'm so worried. she weighed 2.95kg at birth

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Jul 2018 - 12:34

      Hi Christie,
      I am sorry to hear that your little girl is unwell and needing support, sounds like a confusing and difficult time at the moment. Please do be in touch with us if we can support you. I hope she is better soon.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Afifa Wasif (not verified) on 25 Jun 2018 - 21:11

      Hi,my son born in 27 weeks ,on ventilation than on cpap and now we take him home after 3 months in hospital he is in home vth 0.05 oxygen,frim the last 3 weeks his situation is same ,plz tell me when he can bretge on his own as his saturation level drops up to 86 to 87 without oxygen.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Jun 2018 - 10:35

      Thank you for your message and congratulations on the birth of your baby boy.
      Its difficult to say when he can breathe without oxygen as each baby is individual and some take longer than others before they are ready. I have attached 2 links with more information for you-
      I appreciate that this is a difficult time for you and your family; please be guided by advice from your baby's hospital and community support teams as they will advise when he is ready to breathe without extra oxygen
      Take care
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Jun 2018 - 21:43

      my daughter was born at 24 weeks 1 day
      she is now 29 weeks 6 days corrected age and she is still on the ventilator. Her tracheal tube was suctioned a it was blood tinged. The doctor decided to give her platelets and change the settings on her vent. Should I be worried? Has anyone gone through this and their baby recovered? Thanks

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jun 2018 - 16:15

      This is such a difficult time for any mother. I am sure that your baby is in safe hands and the doctors will do everything possible to ensure a healthy outcome. If she has low platelets she will be at increased risk of a bleed. A transfusion of platelets would decrease this risk. Please try to ask the nurse who is caring for your little one to explain what is happening and how long they expect her to be on the ventilator. We wish her and you all the best. Take care Tommy's midwives x

    • By Amna (not verified) on 9 Jun 2018 - 20:19

      Hi I Am Amna my baby boy born 34+week after he born the Dr take him in ventilator he take a life for only 6 days and he's gone he can't survive his life

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Jun 2018 - 14:57

      So very sorry Amna. Please take good care of yourself. I hope you have the support of your family at this very distressing time. We at Tommy's wish you all the best. Tommy's midwives x

    • By Abdul Shahbaz a... (not verified) on 27 Mar 2018 - 20:10

      Hi everyone my baby birth in 32 weeks 5 days he is in the hospital on ventilator.and docter say every time one new things there is air in his lungs infection in the stomach now they tell me need blood transfusion .can any body having like this problem and how much it takes to recover a baby . Please advise iam two worried pray for my baby

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Mar 2018 - 10:08

      Dear Abdul, I am sorry that your baby boy is unwell. I am sure that the doctors and nurses are caring perfectly for him. The ventilator will help him to breathe until he has cleared the lung infection and is able to do this on his own. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery. Take good care of yourselves. Tommy's midwives

    • By Krunal Asher (not verified) on 10 Mar 2018 - 02:32

      Hi everyone.. My baby girl is experiencing breathing problems after birth and she is on ventilator right now.. Dr says we need to wait for 48-72 hrs..pls pray for her and let me know if neone has come across such an incident..

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Mar 2018 - 10:32

      Hi Krunal, So sorry to hear that your baby girl is so unwell. We hope that she improves quickly and that you will be able to hold her in your arms very soon. Sending lots of love from Tommy's midwives.

    • By Khan (not verified) on 10 Feb 2018 - 17:33

      Born in 28 weeks only 1kg weight and doctor sugessting to put the baby on cpap machine,, what is u r opinion and how long it will take time to recover

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2018 - 09:29

      Hi Khan.
      I am sorry to hear that baby arrived earlier than planned for you. I know that the Nurses and Dr's in NICU will be caring perfectly for little one. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy uses a machine to help a baby breathe more easily. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in the throat so the airway does not collapse when breathing in. It is a commonly used piece of equipment in the NICU. The best people to ask this question to, is the nurses and Dr's looking after baby as they will know the full medical factors and history of mum and baby. This will provide a much more detailed answer to your question. I am sorry that my answer does not immediately answer your question.
      Please take care and sending love to your little one.
      Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

    • By Srishti (not verified) on 25 Feb 2018 - 12:35

      My niece is in the same situation. What's the progress with your baby?

    • By Hafsa Alam (not verified) on 10 Feb 2018 - 17:00

      My sister's baby is born in 31 weeks and he is now hospitalise in a ventilator as he is dealing with breathing problem.... So what's the probability of him staying alive?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2018 - 09:24

      Hi Hafsa Alam
      I am so sorry to hear that your sisters baby was born prematurely. I hope that baby is doing well, i know the care will be amazing as NICU staff care so much for their little ones and work so hard to get them 100% healthy before they are discharged home. The best people to ask this question to, is the staff caring for your sisters baby. They will know the full medical history and be able to comment how baby is doing individually. I am sorry i am not able to fully answer your question.
      Please take good care of yourself
      Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Sep 2017 - 12:34

      Thank you for posting. I'm sorry that your little boy has been born so early. You have a lot to deal with right now, both recovering from his birth and being a Mum to a very premature baby who will need to spend a long time in hospital.
      I am not able to answer this question but I think visiting the website Bliss- for babies born premature or sick might give you more information and you could also call them on 0808 801 0322
      I hope that his condition as the next few days and weeks unfold will give you the opportunity to speak with his nurses and doctors and ask all the questions that you have as a new parent.
      We have a free Prematurity App that I hope might be useful to you.
      With love and best wishes to you and your Family
      Anna-Tommy's Midwives

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Sep 2017 - 08:56

      My baby is born 23 weeks and now he is hospitalise in ventilator ....Due to problem in breathing...
      How much period he will have in ventilator?

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 21 May 2018 - 12:25

      Until he can breathe his on his own.,ventilation is very helpful for pre rterm baby.,

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