Transient tachypnea is a respiratory problem that occurs in 1% to 2% of newborns. It occurs when fluid does not leave the lungs as quickly as it should after birth. Babies born with this condition usually recover within three days of birth.
Transient tachypnea can be easily treated, but requires care from a doctor.
Before birth, a baby’s lungs are normally filled with amniotic fluid. During labor, chemical signals tell the lungs to start removing the fluid. When the baby passes through the birth canal, the chest is squeezed. That pressure may help clear some of the fluid from the lungs. After birth, the baby may also cough some of the fluid out. Once the baby starts to breathe, air fills the lungs and helps clear out any remaining fluid. Fluid might not clear from lungs quickly enough if
The baby doesn’t respond well to the chemical signals during labor
Fluid isn’t squeezed out of the lungs in the birth canal
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. The following factors increase your child’s chance of developing transient tachypnea:
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