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Doctor insights on: Should I Be Worried About Intestinal Tears If My Kid Has A Meconium Plug

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Should I be worried about intestinal tears if my kid has a meconium plug?

Should I be worried about intestinal tears if my kid has a meconium plug?

No: Most babies pass the meconium plug without intestinal tears. However, having a meconium plug is associated with other problems such as hirschsprung's disease (abnormal colon) and cystic fibrosis. Make sure your doctor knows about his meconium plug and any other symptoms he may have to make sure he doesn't have these diseases or other complications. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Can a meconium plug in an infant be an isolated incident? Or is it always associated with some other underlying issue?

Can a meconium plug in an infant be an isolated incident?  Or is it always associated with some other underlying issue?

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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Is meconium plug syndrome only associated with cystic fibrosis?

Is meconium plug syndrome only associated with cystic fibrosis?

No: Meconium plug syndrome, as opposed to meconium ileus, is not necessarily associated with cf. It can occur with hirschsprung's disease. It is usually self-limited, however, and clears with a contrast enema undertaken to establish the diagnosis. If the baby stools normally after initial evacuation, additional work-up is usually not necessary. ...Read more

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My baby was born 4 weeks early and had a meconium plug that didn't pass till hour 57. Cystic fibrosis has been ruled out. What are the chances it's hirschsprungs? Or could it just be chance?

Likely it's chance: CF is one of the causes of meconium plug, but mostly it's a random happenstance. Ruling out CF is important. As long as your child is starting to have normal stools now, and they are fairly regular, it's very unlikely it's hirschsprungs. Generally anal stenosis, hirschsprungs, or other forms of obstruction would cause chronic constipation. If your child is stooling normally, i'd go with it. ...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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Large intestine blocked/plugged. Consume lots of fiber, fruits & veggies. Drink lots of water, still no movement. Pls suggest! I'm bloated & pain.

Large intestine blocked/plugged.  Consume lots of fiber, fruits & veggies. Drink lots of water,  still no movement.  Pls suggest!  I'm bloated & pain.

Medical attention: See a doctor if you tried laxatives and it didn't help. Particularly important if you had history of abdominal surgery, worsening pain, or going on for several days. ...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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If a child meconium aspiration at birth are there any long term issues after recovery?

If a child meconium aspiration at birth are there any long term issues after recovery?

Usually not: Sometimes long term ventilator therapy can injure the lungs but most full term baby's usually recover and do well. ...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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When does a unborn child start producing s meconium in the womb?

When does a unborn child start producing s meconium in the womb?

End of 1st trimester: The unborn fetus begins to accumulate meconium beginning at 12-16 weeks gestation until birth. The unborn baby does not normally excrete meconium stools while in the womb. Such passage is often a signal of fetal distress. Meconium is formed from swallowed amnionic fluid, intestinal secretions such as bile, & cellular debris. It can continue to accumulate throughout fetal development. ...Read more

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