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Respiratory Distress

Prevention of Respiratory Distress

The best means of preventing RDS is to prevent a preterm birth, beginning with early prenatal visits. Unnecessary or poorly timed cesarean deliveries should also be avoided. If a mother does go into early labor, doctors will usually perform lab tests to determine the fetal lungs’ development, and if they are not fully developed, efforts will be made to stop the labor until they have matured. In some cases, doctors may prescribe corticosteroids for the mother to speed up the baby’s lung development; this is usually done for women between the 24th and 34th weeks of gestation who seem likely to give birth in the next week.  

Locations for Respiratory Distress