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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) is a chronic lung disease that mainly affects premature babies and can vary from mild to a very severe disease. After going home from the neonatal care unit, these children continue to need close follow-up to monitor their respiratory condition.  Nutrition and growth are very important, especially in the first two-three years of life, because during this time their lungs are growing and trying to heal.  Children with prematurity and BPD often have more difficulty with respiratory infections which can result in asthma-like symptoms with coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulty.

It is strongly recommended that all premature infants who had significant respiratory illness while in the neonatal unit be followed by a pediatric pulmonologist.  Our faculty is very experienced in the care of these children.  Particularly during the first few years of life, the care of a pediatric pulmonologist can significantly decrease the frequency and severity of their illnesses.

In our clinic patients are evaluated regularly for their progress, medical history and examinations are carried out at every visit. Many patients with BPD require oxygen at home, sometimes just when they are ill, sometimes just at night, sometimes all of the time.  Some of these babies also require oral medications such as diuretics and inhaled medications.  Many of these children require routine prophylactic treatment through the winter season with a monthly intramuscular injection specially designed to help decrease the likelihood of these children requiring hospitalizations.  These injections are not perfect but they can help.

The regimen must be adjusted frequently as babies grow and change.  Treatment plans are reviewed at each visit and changes are made according to the child's condition.

Education is a big component of our care and we focus on educating families about this condition, therapies, symptoms to watch for as well as environmental control measures and required immunizations.

Our group has eight convenient offices throughout the Hudson Valley to make it easier for children to be seen close to their home.