Infant respiratory distress syndrome (hyaline membrane disease)
Hyaline membrane disease (HMD), also called respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), is a condition that causes babies to need extra oxygen and help breathing.
- HMD is one of the most common problems seen in premature babies.
- The more premature the baby, the higher the risk and the more severe the HMD.
- HMD typically worsens over the first 48 to 72 hours and then improves with treatment.
- More than 90 percent of babies with HMD survive.
At Children’s Hospital Boston, we care for newborn babies who need intensive medical attention in a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients.