Breathing vent Kitty Katt 2 kids; Dallas, Texas 752 posts
Jan 2nd '11

I've asked this question before but didnt get many responses and I really need reassurance. I don't want to lose hope.

How long was your preemie on a breathing ventilator?

My LO was born at 31.6 weeks and its been 4 weeks and she is still on a breathing ventilator. The docs tried to ween her off on Wednesday but she did not do well at all. She became stressed and then stopped breathing all together. The ended up bagging (manual breathing) her. The doc says she is still just too weak to breath on her own.

Jennick.1113 Due November 30; 36 kids; 2 angel babies; New York 7311 posts
Jan 2nd '11
Quoting Kitty Katt:
Mommie of 2. 18 kids; Bellevue, Washington 1364 posts
Jan 2nd '11

I don't have any personal experience, but my friends sister's baby was born at 26 weeks gestation, and to this day, he'll be 2 in a few months, he still has trouble breathing on his own, but he was very premature, not sure if that makes any difference, sorry. I hope your little girl pulls through, and gets stronger. God bless her.

user banned 1 child; Pennsylvania 2183 posts
Jan 2nd '11

Im not sure at all hun, but stay strong! She will pull through!

Superman's MOM 2 kids; Texas 251 posts
Jan 2nd '11

My son was born @ 26 weeks 5 days and ended up being on a ventillator Almost the whole time he was in the NICU. He had different complications that made him difficult to come off the vent, and he started receiving breathing treatments to strengthen his lungs. He was in the NICU for 4 months. He finally went to a cannula (no cpap) about 2 weeks we came home.
These little ones have their own timeline! Give it time, and the lungs will get stronger. It may seem like forever, but when they finally reach that milestone you'll be so proud!
Good luck!

Kitty Katt 2 kids; Dallas, Texas 752 posts
Jan 2nd '11
Quoting Laney and J.C's Mommy!:
Superman's MOM 2 kids; Texas 251 posts
Jan 2nd '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kitty Katt:</b>“ Do you know what kind of breathing machine he uses at home. Does he have to use it all the time?”</blockquote>

When he came home, he was on oxygen, the apnea monitor and pulse stats, pretty much what he was on in the hospital. He only had to keep that for 2-3 was reassuring because we still had the monitors and alarms.
We continued with breathing treatments and an inhaler for chronic lung disease. The use of these has decreased to an "as needed" basis.

He is 2 1/2 years old now, besides taking some precautions during winter, he is doing well.