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What can I do about meconium ileus (newborn failure to pass stool in the first 48 hours)?

What can I do about meconium ileus (newborn failure to pass stool in the first 48 hours)?

? You ?: First, true meconium ileus is a medical condition caused by thick meconium, associated with cystic fibrosis. It often requires surgery. Such a delay could be an imperforate anus, or a meconium plug, which can be relieved by a simple rectal exam. The cause for this delay should be investigated before a kid ever leaves the hospital. ...Read more

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Normally constipated with no BM for 3wk but now stools are loose, burning anus, and dark black. Looks like baby meconium. What do I do?

Normally constipated with no BM for 3wk but now stools are loose, burning anus, and dark black. Looks like baby meconium. What do I do?

See your doctor: Constipation with no BM for 3 weeks is a concern. In addition, now black tarry stools are concerning for blood - make an appointment to see your physician and be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

No: Meconium is a mixture of bile,hair, digested cellular debris,etc. that sits within the fully formed bowel and passes within the first days after birth. It never passes again. If your kid is passing dark black stools at 5 weeks it is abnormal and needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my baby to have a meconium plug without any underlying health issues? All his newborn screening tests came back normal. Plus, he stools on his own.

Is it possible for my baby to have a meconium plug without any underlying health issues?  All his newborn screening tests came back normal.   Plus, he stools on his own.

Word definitions: To be more specific, all infants have a little plug that passes with the initial meconium.Occasionally the plug and some meconium passes before birth as a sign of stress.Meconium ileus is a condition where the meconium is so thick and sticky that it blocks all stool passage and can be a sign of cf. My state state screens for CF as part of its newborn screening program but not all do. ...Read more

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How do I get a meconium drug screen?

How do I get a meconium drug screen?

Meconium drug screen: Please see the following sites. Quest diagnostics offers such a test. www.questdiagnostics.com/hcp/testmenu/jsp/showtestmenu... Meconium drug abuse screen test code 228764 cpt code(s) 80101 (x5) includes amphetamines marijuana Cocaine metabolite opiates pcp (phencyclidine). ...Read more

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What is meconium aspiration syndrome?

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 long does cocaine stay in a newborns meconium?

How long does cocaine stay in a newborns meconium?

Up to 3 days: As long as a baby hasn't pass all meconium, it can be in there. Please, don't use Cocaine or other drugs during your pregnancy for the reason of possibility of neonatal abstinence syndrome in your baby. Your baby might suffer from the bad withdrawal same way as adults do, but worse, since he/she couldn't do anything about it and they are just victims of maternal drug use. ...Read more

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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 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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How far back does a meconium drug test on a newborn go?

How far back does a meconium drug test on a newborn go?

Last trimester:: Meconium is preferred over urine for testing of neonates. Urine testing indicates drug use only over the last 1–10 days, depending on the drug. Meconium documents drug use over an extended period of time, covering at least the last trimester of pregnancy. ...Read more