What are the signs and symptoms of bronchopulmonary dysplasia?
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is diagnosed while a baby is still in the hospital. However, once a baby comes home, parents still need to watch for signs when a child has serious trouble breathing, respiratory distress or BPD-related emergencies. Signs that an infant might need immediate care include:
- Faster breathing than normal
- Working much harder than usual to breathe (belly sinking in with breathing, pulling in of the skin between the ribs with each breath)
- Growing tired or lethargic from working to breathe
- More coughing than usual
- Panting or grunting
- Pale, dusky or blue skin color that may start around the lips or nail beds
- Trouble feeding or excess spitting up or vomiting after feedings
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention right away.