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Dr. Andrew Nordine
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Meconium Aspiration (Overview)

Meconium aspiration is when the fetus has a bowel movement before birth and swallows some of the bowel movement before birth. This may result in the condition of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome at birth, associated with Respiratory Distress requiring Ventilation and Medical Support .


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What are common symptoms of meconium aspiration?

What are common symptoms of meconium aspiration?

Respiratory symptoms: Nasal flaring, grunting retractions and increasing need for oxygen or artificial ventilation. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Nordine
33 doctors shared insights

Meconium Aspiration (Overview)

Meconium aspiration is when the fetus has a bowel movement before birth and swallows some of the bowel movement before birth. This may result in the condition of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome at birth, associated with Respiratory Distress requiring Ventilation and Medical Support .


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How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

Respiratory distress: Meconium is the production the baby expels from the colon and rectum that built up while in utero . When meconium is expelled in utero and the baby's first breath results in inhaling into the lungs, the baby cannot absorb oxygen well. Sometimes we can suction it from nose, mouth and trachea and the baby will be fine. Sometimes, it is so severe, the baby needs mechanical ventilation or ecmo. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meconium aspiration?

What are the tests for meconium aspiration?

Diagnose MAS: Diagnosing meconium aspiration syndrome requires: 1) meconium stained amniotic fluid 2) respiratory distress at delivery or shortly after. 3) characteristic chest x ray findings. 4) if infant is intubated, meconium is see in the trachea. ...Read more

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If I decide to do a home birth, how do I know if my baby is at risk for meconium aspiration syndrome?

If I decide to do a home birth, how do I know if my baby is at risk for meconium aspiration syndrome?

May not know: You can sometimes pick up signs of stress that may lead to meconium on fetal heart testing. But there are definitely times when you find meconium at the time of delivery and you were not suspecting it. ...Read more

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If a child had meconium aspiration (small amount) could it cause issues with weight gain she is 3 months and only weighs 8lbs 8.5 oz. Her weight ?

If a child had meconium aspiration (small amount) could it cause issues with weight gain she is 3 months and only weighs 8lbs 8.5 oz. Her weight ?

Depends: A kid with a minor meconium aspiration should not face poor weight gain unless the experience led to chronic breathing difficulties. If a kid is having to work harder to breathe, calorie expenditure for this function would take it away from growth.. If the issue was treated & resolved, any failure to thrive will come from another issue. ...Read more

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Our grand daughter is in the hospital right now with meconium aspiration. They have begun steroid treatment. What are the side effects?

Our grand daughter is in the hospital right now with meconium aspiration.  They have begun steroid treatment.  What are the side effects?

Variable: Meconium aspiration occurs when the baby inhales his/her own feces( meconium is the feces that passes through the newborn) that usually happens when the baby is post-dates for delivery. It can be mild or serious. The side effects of treatment are much less concerning.Short term steroid treatment should have no long term effects on your granddaughter. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments that are effective for meconium aspiration syndrome?

Are there any natural treatments that are effective for meconium aspiration syndrome?

Mec aspiration & Tx: There ar no natural treatments for this. The treatments are early suctioning, oxygen therapy and epending on complications, and severity baby may need antibiotics, ventilator support, etc. ...Read more

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Can a baby die from meconium aspiration?

Can a baby die from meconium aspiration?

Not usually: Theoretically possible. However, the common scenario is the other causes coexisting, and causing meconeum, such as chronic fetal distress, placenta insufficiency, etc. Actually harm the baby and lead to death. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meconium aspiration?

Diagnose MAS: Diagnosing meconium aspiration syndrome requires: 1) meconium stained amniotic fluid 2) respiratory distress at delivery or shortly after. 3) characteristic chest x ray findings. 4) if infant is intubated, meconium is see in the trachea. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of meconium aspiration?

Respiratory symptoms: Nasal flaring, grunting retractions and increasing need for oxygen or artificial ventilation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Meconium aspiration?

Meconium Aspiration: Meconium aspiration is when the fetus has a bowel movement before birth and swallows some of the bowel movement before birth. This may result in the condition of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome at birth, associated with Respiratory Distress requiring Ventilation and Medical Support . ...Read more

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What is meconium aspiration syndrome?

Respiratory distress: Meconium aspiration syndrome(mas) occurs when an infant delivers via meconium stained amniotic fluid which travels into the lungs and causes respiratory distress. You must exclude other forms of respiratory distresss. Mas can be mild to severe. Severe forms can lead to severe lack of oxygen and respiratory failure. It can occur in 20-30% of meconium stained deliveries. Treatment is in the nicu. ...Read more

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How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

Respiratory distress: Meconium is the production the baby expels from the colon and rectum that built up while in utero . When meconium is expelled in utero and the baby's first breath results in inhaling into the lungs, the baby cannot absorb oxygen well. Sometimes we can suction it from nose, mouth and trachea and the baby will be fine. Sometimes, it is so severe, the baby needs mechanical ventilation or ecmo. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of meconium aspiration?

What are the long term effects of meconium aspiration?

Usually nothing: Meconium aspiration syndrome can lead to a very ill (or not) baby at birth but provided the baby receives appropriate care, there are no usual long term side effects. ...Read more

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My son was born with meconium aspiration. Will he ever recover from this?

My son was born with meconium aspiration. Will he ever recover from this?

Yes: Meconium can cause pneumonitis, or inflammation of the lungs, but it can certainly be overcome. He will be suctioned at birth to clear the foreign material, and may need antibiotics or intubation. ...Read more

Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more