What to Expect

Management of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) begins in the preterm infant and may continue into the patient’s toddler and teen years. Our team is here for you every step of the way.

Stage 1

When a baby with BPD is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), we work with the NICU care team and the baby’s pediatrician to evaluate and manage the patient’s oxygen, nutrition and other medical needs. Over time, we track the patient’s growth and safely decrease the amount of oxygen and medication the patient needs while improving nutrition and promoting lung growth, all with the goal of getting the patient home safely. We also teach parents and other caregivers how to manage their child’s BPD at home.

Stage 2

As the patient develops into a happy, healthy toddler, we continue to track his or her progress. People with BPD are more likely to develop asthma or wheezing, so careful monitoring helps identify any problems early and treat them effectively.

Stage 3

BPD outcomes continue to improve, but adolescent and adult patients may still have reduced lung function. We maintain close, long-term relationships with our patients so they have a resource if their lung problems linger as they transition into adulthood.