Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

The CRIB Program

Your premature baby may have a heart or lung issue, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also called neonatal chronic lung disease. Babies with BPD need a machine to help them breathe. They can also develop pulmonary hypertension (PH), high blood pressure in the lungs that causes the heart to work harder.

For patients who both have BPD and are at risk for or have been diagnosed with PH, we have developed the multidisciplinary Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD (CRIB) Program. This multidisciplinary team works to provide consistent care for patients with BPD and PH or congenital heart disease in and outside the hospital. Identifying and treating BPD early will improve your baby’s outcomes.

As your baby grows and improves, they will be transferred from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or other local NICUs to our outpatient CRIB clinic. Our CRIB team collaborates with our hospital’s Novel Interventions in Children’s Healthcare (NICH) program, which supports families who have a child with a complex and chronic condition.

Hope for the Future

Our physician-researchers at the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease, the Prematurity Research Center, and the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology are always studying new treatments for bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension. Our team also participates in research and knowledge-sharing to advance care for babies as a member of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network and BPD Collaborative.

Micro-preemie becomes thriving toddler

Tiniest baby of 2019 beats the odds to become a busy toddler with help of the CRIB Program teams.

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