Surmountable hurdles


Prenatal anxiety can be lessened if you're acquainted with common newborn health problems and know how they're treated.

Low birth weight There's no treatment beyond good nutrition; most babies who are "too small" catch up within two years.

Immature lungs Preemies may be treated with artificial surfactant to keep their lungs from sticking together until natural surfactant develops. Breathing may also be assisted with a ventilator.

Other breathing problems A suction device or breathing tube may be used, and chest X-rays may be ordered.

Jaundice special lights help the newborn's liver handle bilirubin, a byproduct of the normal breakdown of red blood cells.