Caffeine For premature babies with breathing problems (1510)

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For premature babies with breathing problems

Why does my baby need caffeine?

A low dose of caffeine can help premature babies with breathing problems.  

This is a prescription medicine. Have the pharmacist show you how to draw up the right dose.

How do I give it?

Give caffeine once each day or as ordered by your doctor. It is best to give it with the first feeding in the morning. Give it by mouth at the same time each day.  

1. Carefully measure the ordered dose of caffeine with an oral syringe.  
2. Mix the caffeine with 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of breast milk or formula in a bottle. Shake well. 
3. Give it at the start of your baby’s feeding. This is to make sure your baby gets all the medicine.
4. Give the rest of the feeding.

What are the possible side effects?

Your baby may:

Important information


Call your baby’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if your child:

  • Is vomiting a lot.
  • Has a fast heartbeat.
  • Is extremely crabby or fussy.
  • Has tremors or twitching.