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Many infants who have
chronic lung disease need home
oxygen therapy, often for many months. The infant's
oxygen needs often increase during and after eating or taking inhaled
To provide your newborn with oxygen, you may need to use a
nasal cannula. A nasal cannula is a flexible plastic
tube that is used to deliver oxygen to the body through the nose. Oxygen passes
through the tube and into the nostrils.
Take basic precautions while caring for an infant who is using a
nasal cannula for oxygen therapy.
Help your baby stay comfortable by keeping the nasal cannula
properly placed. Also, keep the nose area clean and the nasal mucous membranes moist.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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