Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or BPD, affects children born prematurely with underdeveloped lungs and impairs the lung function. Children with BPD often require complex treatment that includes oxygen and inhaled medication. Other problems, such as developmental disabilities and cardiac disorders, may complicate the picture. Frequently, children with BPD must be hospitalized from birth.
An Individualized Treatment Plan
At La Rabida, we know that lung function usually improves as children grow, so we make feeding and nutrition the cornerstone of therapy. Our interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, infant development specialists, dieticians and other professionals works to closely manage your child’s lung condition because sickness impedes growth. And since every patient’s condition is unique, we create an individualized treatment program to give your child the best-possible chance to grow and develop physically and psychosocially.
Helping to Manage Care at Home
Our family-centered approach includes regular communication on your child’s treatment plan and progress, and involves you in your child’s care. Before their young patient is discharged, La Rabida staffers train the child’s family in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nebulizer treatments, feeding and medications so that they can confidently and effectively care for their child at home.
For more information or to make a referral, contact La Rabida at 773.753.8626 or 8627.