Once again, this is just for info. This doesn't apply to your case, but you may want to talk to a pharmacist or another doc to see if there are also new recommendations regarding antenatal administration of this drug
"Dexamethasone (generic name: Glucocorticoid) is a drug therapy routinely given to newborns to prevent or treat chronic lung disease. Recent studies have linked Dexamethasone with serious side effects including slower neuromotor skills, lower cognitive functioning, lower IQ scores, significantly shorter and smaller head circumferences by school age.
Dexamethasone is given to children to improve lung function in the short-term and allows for early weaning from mechanical ventilation. However, as a result of new studies that show the the side effects associated with Dexamethasone treatment, the doctors who conducted the study have advised physicians to no longer use dexamethasone therapy.
All of the infants in the study had severe respiratory distress syndrome that required mechanical ventilation shortly after birth. Out of 146 children, 72 were given .25 milligrams of dexamethasone per kilogram of body weight intravenously every 12 hours for one week. Then, the dose was tapered over the next three weeks.
Results of the study show children in the dexamethasone group had significantly poorer motor skills, motor coordination and visual-motor integration than those who did not receive the therapy. Children in the dexamethasone group were also significantly shorter, had smaller head circumferences, and lower IQ scores than those in the control group.
The frequency of clinical disabilities was higher among children in the dexamethasone group. In addition, children who received therapy had significantly lower scores on arithmetic, reading, writing and grammar
tests than those in the control group."