Multiple courses of steroids can guard lungs of preterm babiesMultiple courses of steroids such as betamethasone can prove effective for enhancing the survival rate of babies to nursing women in preterm labor, as per a recent study. It was further revealed in the study that repeated courses of steroids do not bring a negative impact on brains of the babies as previously thought.

Sanjiv Amin, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical center and author of the study, said that nursing mothers avoiding steroid treatment can experience babies needing ventilation.

Amin further remarked that there is still a need to conduct future studies before this treatment can be termed as completely safe and effective.