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How often is meconium drug testing done?

How often is meconium drug testing done?

As often as needed: Meconium drug testing is often done to validate a positive drug screen in the mother or newborn as the method is not confused by some innocent otc preparations. It can also demonstrate drug use over the months prior to birth where a urine test may miss those not used within days of birth. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of meconium?

What are the long term effects of meconium?

Confusing question: All newborns will pass meconium.It is the accumulated fecal debris of pregnancy consisting of bile, digested hair, shed cells and protein debris in a stacky mass.After its passage, it is gone and transitional or regular stools form. Kids who suck some meconium into their lungs before or during the birthing process can have variable outcome based of the amount and degree of damage the material cause. ...Read more

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Does meconium determine how postterm you are?

Does meconium determine how postterm you are?

? never heard of it: I've been in the business of caring for babies a long time and never heard of anyone relating meconium to gestational age. It starts forming after 12 weeks or so and stops at delivery. Post term status is most often apparent by physical exam of the baby. ...Read more

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How long does cocaine stay in baby s meconium?

Months: Suspicion leads to meconium testing in a newborn as a more accurate reflection of past drug exposure than urine, that may only reflect a week or so.The material is built up over many months and the sensitivity of the test can pick up minute quantities deposited in the meconium as it forms.This reflects exposures from the preceding month if not longer. ...Read more

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Meconium - what are the long term effects on the child?

Meconium - what are the long term effects on the child?

Depends: I'll assume u mean inhaled meconium that caused respiratory pbs. The effect is variable.Even small amts in the lung can cause a chemical pneumonia that interferes with breathing. After the pneumonia improves under rx, there can be tissue scarring from the stress, the meconium is eventually broken down & removed by the healing process.The lung injury will gradually improve, some probs may remain. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get meconium drug test results?

How long does it take to get meconium drug test results?

Varies: Depends on the hospital and lab. If they have to send it out, may take longer. Should be less than a week ...Read more

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How long does it take for meconium results to come back?

Too long: It may take up to 7 days. Most hospitals have to send it out to a major center for analysis. What are you looking for? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son ate the meconium before being born?

What do you suggest if my son ate the meconium before being born?

OK: If infant passed meconium before birth and swallowed it-infant will be fine-it is sterile. But if infant breathed it into lungs-infant can have serious pneumonia. 12% of births have meconium-sometimes it is a sign of fetal distress-sometimes not. The condition of the infant right now is important. If there is no breathing problem-that is a good sign. ...Read more

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What is meconium?

What is meconium?

Swallowed AF, cells: As a fetus grows, its organs and systems mature in preparation for functioning after birth. One such system is the gastrointestinal GI system. A fetus swallows amniotic fluid and its contents through pregnancy, and the "end" product literally is meconium, a dark green slimey substance. If baby's near term, it might pass a little and be ok. If early or stressed, it could breath it in and need help. ...Read more

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3 months without use give me negative meconium result?

3 months without use give me negative meconium result?

Meconium drug test: Meconium drug screens on newborns have a window of exposure for up to 20 weeks. ...Read more

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