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A doctor or nurse may first listen to the baby’s chest or breathing pattern. A chest X-ray can often detect excess fluid in the lungs. Health care providers measure the level of oxygen in the baby’s blood with a blood sample, or with a device (pulse oximeter) taped to the baby’s hand or foot. This shows whether the baby needs extra oxygen.
Health care providers monitor
A nasal cannula (soft tubes fixed under the baby’s nostrils).
An oxygen hood (a clear plastic box that fits around the baby’s head).
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine pushes a small amount of air continuously into the baby’s lungs. It helps hold open the airways and clear fluid. The air is blown through a mask that goes over the baby's nose. CPAP may be used with or without supplemental oxygen.
In most cases, TTN causes no complications and clears up within 72 hours. Breast or bottle feeding may not be possible until your baby is able to breathe normally. There are no known long-term effects on your baby’s lungs. Your baby’s health care provider can tell you more about your baby’s situation.