Recovery & Support for Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity

NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital offers specialized support services to help babies recover fully from chronic lung disease of prematurity. The Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care also offers wellness and psychosocial programs to support your family during your baby’s treatment at NYU Langone. 

Monitoring Respiratory Function

Most babies eventually recover lung function after treatment for chronic lung disease of prematurity. Yet they often require care for a year or longer to ensure that their lungs develop without permanent injury.

Our pediatric pulmonologists periodically assess your baby’s lung function and can work with your pediatrician to keep your baby’s vaccination schedule up to date—including respiratory syncytial virus vaccinations for two years—which can reduce the risk of infection as your baby’s lungs heal.

Developmental Assessment

NYU Langone’s neurodevelopmental clinic is staffed by a neonatologist, a clinical psychologist, and occupational and physical therapists who look for signs of developmental delays—including motor, cognitive, and speech delays—in premature babies during the first two years of life. After a neurodevelopmental assessment, doctors from our clinic may refer your baby to the appropriate therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation or to providers in your community of “early intervention” services—programs available in each state for children with disabilities and their families. 

Family Counseling

Doctors at NYU Langone understand the anxiety your family may feel if your newborn has chronic lung disease. Our neonatal experts provide care within a family-centered, supportive environment and can refer you to counselors for psychological support.

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