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Respiratory Distress

Symptoms and Signs for Respiratory Distress

Symptoms of respiratory distress syndrome usually appear within the first few hours after birth, and may include:

  • Difficulty breathing that progressively worsens
  • Cyanosis (blue coloring)
  • Flaring of the nostrils
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Grunting sounds while breathing
  • Unusual breathing movement, such as drawing back the chest muscles while breathing
  • Apnea
  • Decreased urine output

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