Modulations in breathing patterns during intermittent feeding in term infants and preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

C.M. Craig, D.N. Lee, Y.N. Freer, I.A. Laing

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

33 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

As infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) have difficulty maintaining adequate levels of oxygenation during rest, it was decided to investigate how the additional respiratory demands associated with nutritive feeding disrupt their breathing rates. The sucking and breathing patterns of six (three male, three female) preterm infants (between 23 and 29 weeks gestational age at birth), classified as having BPD were individually compared with the patterns observed in 12 (six male, six female) healthy term (control) infants (< 38 weeks gestational age at birth) with no known respiratory ailments. All infants were recruited from the neonatal unit at Simpson's Maternity Pavilion, Edinburgh, Scotland. In general, the breathing patterns recorded for the infants with BPD during the pause periods of intermittent feeding lacked the striking regularity observed in the term infants. It was found that the severity of the BPD affected breathing rates by significantly reducing the duration and the regularity of a breath (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-624
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sep 1999

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Modulations in breathing patterns during intermittent feeding in term infants and preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this