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Meconium Aspiration In Newborn
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aspiration: 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. Now these guys, "Neonatologists" they absolutely love Babies and they are "Bad Ass Dudes" and I do rather take my chances on the mean streets of New Orleans than run into them. In other words your Baby is safe in their hands ...Read more
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
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
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 ...Read more
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