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The management of respiratory distress in the moderately preterm newborn infant
  1. Lawrence Miall,
  2. Sam Wallis
  1. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lawrence Miall, Neonatal Unit, C-floor, Clarendon Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS2 9NS, UK; lawrence.miall{at}


Respiratory distress in a moderately preterm baby often presents diagnostic and management challenges to the attending paediatrician. Many of these babies will require little or no intervention, but it is known that early intervention in babies with acute respiratory distress often prevents further complications. Most current research evidence relates to extremely preterm newborns, yet moderately preterm infants are numerically far more common. This article explores the differential diagnosis of respiratory distress in this population and presents an evidence based approach to treatment.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.