A 38-year-old member asked:
could human babies breathe in amniotic fluid?
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Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
They sometimes do: Infants sometimes have amniotic fluid in their mouth which can get sucked into their lungs at delivery.The OB makes an effort to clear the nose & mouth after the head is delivered, but if baby comes out rapidly that may not be possible. This material can trigger rapid breathing & a trip to the nicu for a few days as it can act identical to pneumonia. Most do well with treatment.
Answered on May 14, 2019
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