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Hyaline Membrane Disease Prevention


Steps to help prevent RDS can be taken at a few different times.

To reduce your chance of having a premature baby:

  • Get good prenatal care beginning as early as possible in pregnancy.
  • Eat a healthful diet and take vitamins suggested by your doctor.
  • Do not smoke or use alcohol or drugs.
  • Only take medicines that your doctor has approved.

If you are at high risk of giving birth to a premature baby:

  • You may be given steroids just before delivery to help your baby's lungs develop
  • Your doctor may do an amniocentesis to check the maturity of your baby's lungs and to help determine the best time for delivery

After delivery, if a premature baby has a very high chance of developing RDS, surfactant may be given right after birth to help the baby breathe better.

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