Your question: How long can newborns be on oxygen?

How long will my baby need oxygen?

Chronic lung disease can be a long-term issue. Some babies need breathing machines for several months. Some babies need oxygen when they go home from the hospital. But most babies wean off oxygen by the end of their first year.

Why would a newborn baby need to be on oxygen?

Most newborn babies require extra oxygen to help them breathe while the infection clears. Premature babies may need a fatty substance called surfactant to help the air sacs to fill and stay open properly.

What happens if you are on oxygen for too long?

We do know however, high concentrations of oxygen over a period of time cause an overproduction of free radicals in the lungs. If unchecked, these radicals can severely damage or kill lung tissue. If left for a prolonged period of time the patient can suffer permanent lung damage.

Is too much oxygen bad for babies?

Too much oxygen can also cause injury. Breathing too much oxygen can damage the lung. For babies who are born very prematurely, too much oxygen in the blood may also lead to problems in the brain and eye. Babies with certain heart conditions may also need lower levels of oxygen in the blood.

Can a baby go home on oxygen?

Using oxygen at home

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Babies who are medically stable and whose parents have been trained can be sent home on oxygen to prevent hypoxemia. Being at home benefits both your child’s and your family’s emotional health. Caring for your baby at home also helps reduce healthcare costs.