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Meconium Aspiration In Children
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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
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
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
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
The severity of such complications vary.
Oxygen for breathing to full support of the ventilator.
If Baby is on oxygen, it means probably mild. Or Baby will require vent.
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Depends on situation: This conditions varies from minor and inconsequential to life threatening. The condition the first day or two usually defines the degree of associated problem. Those that end up in respiratory failure on ventilators or ecmo do the worst. Those with transient breathing problems do well. I sit across from one now who is making straight a's in grad school. ...Read more
How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop mental problems, cp, etc. In later life?
Depends: Meconium aspiration is caused because the baby was stressed prior to delivery. This can mean the baby suffered moderate to severe hypoxia and may need hypothermia therapy to help deter cp. If the baby did not have hypoxia prior to or during delivery, then CP developing is unlikely. ...Read more
Maybe: Mecononium aspiration at birth can cause a condition called an 'anoxic brain injury'. This is when not enough oxygen feeds the brain. As a result one can suffer with learning disabilities, physical deficits, mental retardation, and other disorders. A psychological disorder can develop depending on multiple factors but not all ma babies will necessarily develop any of the above. ...Read more
Lung vs Gut: Meconium aspiration occurs when the newborn actually poops just before or during delivery into its fluid, gets some in their mouth/throat and then inhale it down into their lungs with their first breaths. Ileus is when they have trouble even passing that first poop - can indicate guts aren't working right or other problems like cystic fibrosis. One poops too early, the other not soon enough! ...Read more
No: Death form massive meconium aspiration occurs in the first days after birth. If the aspiration was severe enough to kill the child, the baby would have been hospitalized since birth on all types of breathing machines and been extremely sick since day 1. It would not occur in a 2 month old that did not fit this scenario and was home form the hospital and suddenly died or developed pneumonia. ...Read more
Clinical diagnosis: Meconium aspiration syndrome is a diagnosis made upon clinical grounds. Factors that contribute to the diagnosis may include history and examination of the patient, visualization of meconium at delivery, radiographic data such as chest xrays and echocardiograms, laboratory data, and sometimes the exclusion of alternative disease states. ...Read more
Usually not: Sometimes long term ventilator therapy can injure the lungs but most full term baby's usually recover and do well. ...Read more
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
Meconium ; asthma: Meconium aspiration depending on severity can cause "chronic lung disease" (cld). Cld is a term used for a variety of lung diseases producing similar symptoms ; end results. Relationship of meconium aspiration to asthma is not well studied. Since asthma ; cld have similar symptoms to present with some children may be wrongly diagnosed with asthma. ...Read more
Immediately: Newborns affected by meconium aspiration syndrome (mas) show respiratory difficulties soon after delivery. ...Read more
If I decide to do a home birth, how do I know if my baby is at risk for meconium aspiration syndrome?
No: Meconium aspiration, per se, is uncommon, and many cases of so-called meconium aspiration are simply other forms of respiratory distress noted in newborns who also passed meconium prior to delivery. True meconium aspiration does cause acute lung injury but most, if not all, cases heal completely within days to weeks. ...Read more
It doesn't: Meconium affectes babies after they are born. ...Read more
Aspiration: The amount of time spent in a nicu depends upon the severity of the aspiration ...Read more
MAS & chr. Lung dis.: Mecomnium aspiration if mild should leave no chronic problems. If severe it could reuslt in soem residual airway problems. ...Read more
How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will end up developing lung problems etc. In later life?
Not necessarily: If there was not significant injury as a result of the aspiration, your child should do fine. Consider seeking the counsel of a chinese medicine practitioner in your area. I have had good results in my area. Chinese medicine herbs can help the body repair itself and then there is no concern that there will be issues later. The herbs are safe...Find a good practitioner. ...Read more
Can you tell me how likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop lung problems etc. In later life?
Growth helps: Mec aspiration may cause inflammation early injury to the lungs. Since the lungs continue to develop and grow though, the new uninjured tissue may help to minimize the long term impact of the injury. It depends how severe the early problem was and if the baby required mechanical ventilation, has a history of prematurity or pulmonary arterial htn. Prmg peds can rev records faxxed to 858259 9689. ...Read more
Meconium: Meconium is the poo you make in the womb but are not supposed to empty until after birth. It represents bile/swallowed hair & skin cells etc & is very sticky. If you poo before birth, usually due to stress, the stuff can circulate in the bag of waters. If that material gets into your lungs before, during or after labor it can cause lung disease. CF kids have poo that's too sticky & won't pass. ...Read more
5yr girl suffers from seizures on right side body. She had a slight stroke to right side at birth from meconium aspiration. Coincidence?
Coincidence maybe: If the seizures occur on the right side of the body, you would expect in most cases for a correlating injury to be found on the left side of the brain. But maybe it is not coincidence. Hard to say. With new borns, some of these rules do not apply. ...Read more
What are the long-term effects if my baby had meconium aspiration syndrome? Should I be worried about any particular disease or brain damage?
Two primary issues: Mas outcomes can be divided into 2 main issues:lung & development. Since meconium passage itself comes from prenatal stress, which is a risk factor for movement disorders (CP) & learning problems. The intensity of the lung disease/ventilation/ecmo need points to further problems with oxygen supply to the brain & can amplify those issues. The lung disease could be minimal & brief or bad & long term. ...Read more
5yr girl has right side body seizures since age 3. She sufferred meconium aspiration at birth and had a slight stroke to her right side. Coincidence?
Possible relation: An injury to the left side of the brain may cause seizure activity on the right side of the body. An injury on the right side of the brain would not. Yet it may not be a coincidence that a brain injury and a seizure are related. It is possible that the location of the brain injury was not described accurately. ...Read more
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
My newborn son had meconium aspiration pneumonia and chest x-rays twice daily for 1 week. Does the radiation increase his risk for cancer?
No: There was a media flap some years about after a laughably bad journal study claimed that thousands of people were dying each year from routine chest x-rays. The fallacy was assuming a linear risk where the curve is really sigmoidal or exponential. Junior is gravely sick, needs the x-rays in any case, and my hope is that he will pull through. I'm glad to offer some relief. Good luck and be strong. ...Read more
???????: If the baby had a meconium bowel movement before it was born then it is possible, it depends on a lot of factors like how thick and old is the meconium, how much stress the baby had, if the baby had the movement after birth then no, that is why I do not let my patients go past their due date as the risk of meconium aspiration and other problems (why that can happen anytime)is higherafter40weeks. ...Read more