What are the tests for meconium aspiration?

Diagnose MAS. Diagnosing meconium aspiration syndrome requires: 1) meconium stained amniotic fluid 2) respiratory distress at delivery or shortly after. 3) characteristic chest x ray findings. 4) if infant is intubated, meconium is see in the trachea.

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Can a baby die from meconium aspiration?

Not usually. Theoretically possible. However, the common scenario is the other causes coexisting, and causing meconeum, such as chronic fetal distress, placenta insufficiency, etc. Actually harm the baby and lead to death. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Meconium aspiration?

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...

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...

How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

It is not good. Ypur neonatologist or pediatrician can answer this better than me. It is not good as the meconium is very irritative to lungs, can cause breathing , other problems. Also some times it can be associated with descreased oxygen to the baby in labor or in utero which can cause problems, strees on the baby can cause meconium. Also more common if you go overdue. I do not allow my pts to go overdue. 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...

My son was born with meconium aspiration. Will he ever recover from this?

Yes. Meconium can cause pneumonitis, or inflammation of the lungs, but it can certainly be overcome. He will be suctioned at birth to clear the foreign material, and may need antibiotics or intubation. Read more...

I had meconium aspiration when I was born. What causes this congenital condition?

Meconium. Aspiration is caused from a baby pooping and inhaling the contaminated fluid at birth. It can be caused by stress during the delivery, infection, a tight umbilical cord around the neck, difficult labor, etc. Read more...

Is this serious? My baby's had meconium aspiration, still on oxygen next day. Need advice?

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...