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Handling Umbilical Cord Prolapse Condition
Emergent care: If possible, the effect of the prolapse is reduced, which can require a hand be pushed up the birth canal to prevent the head from pressing against the placenta. I have known this to happen inside an ambulance heading to the hospital. An emergency C-section delivers the baby from above. Failure to keep the head off the placenta stops blood flow and suffocates baby. ...Read more
In umbilical cord prolapse, the cord slips ahead of the presenting part of the fetus and protrudes into the cervical canal or vagina, or beyond. It constitutes an obstetrical emergency because the prolapsed cord is vulnerable to compression, umbilical vein occlusion, and umbilical artery vasospasm, which can compromise fetal ...Read more
Umbilical prolapse: In umbilical cord prolapse, the cord slips ahead of the presenting part of the fetus and protrudes into the cervical canal or vagina, or beyond. It constitutes an obstetrical emergency because the prolapsed cord is vulnerable to compression, umbilical vein occlusion, and umbilical artery vasospasm, which can compromise fetal oxygenation prior to birth. ...Read more
C- section delivery: When recognized, one member of the staff will be positioned beneath the patient with a hand pushing up on the head of the baby to keep it from compressing the cord. The rest of the team readies the patient for an emergency c-section. ...Read more
Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?
Only 30???: I am reluctant to accept the initial statement as realistic. Once a cord begins to prolapse it can produce an intermittent but complete obstruction to blood flow that may add up to a significant o2 deficit over time. I'm not sure anyone can estimate the insult accurately. If only 30, probably no long term effect. If low 1/5/10 min apgars and seizures in the 1st 24hr, it was longer and more problemat ...Read more
Pregnancy ended at 5 mths w/preterm delivery. Pprom & cord prolapse a cause. Testing ovulation via strips for 5 mths, but no "smiley". This normal?
28wks pregnant. Found out at ob appt today baby is footling breech. Ob wants to monitor cervix fortnightly. Is this dangerous? Scared of cord prolapse?
OK to monitor: Though I wouldn't be so concerned about your cervix unless it were open or if there were concern about preterm labor, it is reasonable to regularly see your obstetrician for prenatal care. Ultrasounds to evaluate your baby's position and switch from breech to cephalic are important and just b/c it's breech now doesn't mean it'll be breech later. See your doctor ASAP if you have pain/discharge. ...Read more
My boyfriend & I have sickle cell anemia, our son will also inherit the disease. Should we wait until umbilical cord stops pulsating before clamping?
Doesn't matter: Sickle cell disease will affect his blood cells over time as they sickle with dehydration and illness, or as they live a shorter duration in the body. Generally there aren't any symptoms at birth, and nothing having to do with the cord will make a difference. In actuality, his fetal hemoglobin will be more protective from sickle cell, and treatments now focus on keeping fetal hemoglobin around. ...Read more
Not umbilical cord: You should get this checked. It is impossible to know without seeing it, but since the umbilical cord has long since dried up and has become a ligament running along the inside of your abdominal wall called the medial umbilical ligament, it is unlikely to be the cord itself, but it may be a remnant of something else. ...Read more
1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off. Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As long as it is in: Blood., it will also show up in the baby's cord blood. How long that is depends upon the particular substance involved. You will have to look that up online yourself. You should obviously not endangering your child's health by using illicit substances during pregnancy. Please get the help you need to stop doing that unless it happens to be an opiate to which case you need to seek specialized counseling at a clinic that specializes in that. Best wishes. ...Read more
Confusing question: If your? Is about a umbilical hernia in an infant, the response depends somewhat on the size & age of the infant. They are common & most self heal as the child's abdominal muscles become stronger with age. By 1-2 yrs most have disappeared. Those that are very large or tend to trap intestinal contents may need to be fixed, but most will wait to see if the improve with age. ...Read more
Yes: Normally the cord comes off between 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
It depends.: The appearance of the umbilicus (bellybutton) ultimately becoming an "outy" or an "inny" depends on how much of the stump remains on the baby after severing the cord, and how much of it survives. The more stump that is left and survives, the more likely it is to become an "outy". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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