Originally Posted by Adensmommy
yes but for only a short period of time, and the research I have done also indicates babies who have this have difficulty gaining and maintaining weight Im not sure if that is indicative to just prematurity or the actual bpd. I'm going to talk to simons pedi wed. Hopefully I can get some answers. He had the on call see him today and discuss the x rays on wed and possible bpd diagnosis.
Typically babies with BPD are going to be chronic babies. The ones born before 30wks who've been on the vent for weeks, then moved to CPAP, then moved to oxygen and just can't get off of it because their lungs are so damaged from the time they spent on the ventilator. They typically do have trouble gaining weight and need higher calorie milk because they expend so much energy trying to breathe. Personally I would be very leery of a dx of bpd with a kid like Simon and would want to be sure they had ruled out all other possible causes of him needing oxygen.
Have they done a swallow study to look for aspiration or an upper GI to look for reflux and subsequent aspiration? Silent reflux and aspiration could easily damage the lungs and leave him in his current state and it could also make his x-rays look like he has BPD.