Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)

Preventing BPD

If your child needs oxygen or ventilation, doctors will do everything they can to try and prevent or reduce damage to your child’s lungs.

This may include using gentler breathing support if possible, giving them replacement surfactant and medication. 

If you are at risk of premature labour you may be given steroids to help reduce the risk of your baby needing oxygen after birth.

One of the main risks for BPD is premature birth.

If you have urgent concerns or need advice quickly, call our helpline on 03000 030 050 between 9am and 5pm on a weekday or email them.

Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.