Transient tachypnea - newborn - Symptom
TTN; Wet lungs - newborns; Retained fetal lung fluid; Transient RDS
Newborns with transient tachypnea have respiratory problems soon after birth, usually within 1 - 2 hours.
- Bluish skin color (cyanosis)
- Rapid, noisy breathing, such as grunting
- Flaring nostrils or movements between the ribs or breastbone known as retractions
Signs and tests:
The mother' s pregnancy and labor history are important to make the diagnosis.
Tests performed on the baby may include:
- Chest x-ray to rule out other causes of breathing problems
- Blood count and blood culture to rule out infection
- Continous monitoring of the baby's oxygen levels, breathing, and heart rate
Transient tachypnea is usually diagnosed after monitoring your baby for 1 - 2 days.
- Reviewed last on: 12/18/2009
- A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (12/18/2009).
Dudell GG, Stoll BJ. Respiratory tract disorders. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 101.
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