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.

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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...

Is meconium aspiration syndrome ever fatal?

Yes. Unfortunately, meconium aspiration syndrome can result in very severe lung disease which can lead to death even if optimally treated. Read more...
Yes. Those infants with significant meconium aspiration face a multitude of problems.Even with recovery, the frequency of brain injury among this group is higher than other causes of respiratory failure. Many die within the first days of treatment when their blood oxygen level cannot be improved regardless of treatments. Read more...

Does meconium aspiration syndrome cause psychological disorder?

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...

Is there any better way of diagnosing meconium aspiration syndrome other than x-ray?

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 more...

Could meconium aspiration syndrome cause asthma?

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...

Is it possible for meconium aspiration syndrome to cause asthma?

Yes related symptoms. Meconium aspiration may lead to pneumonia and injury to the lung. This can cause reactivity of the airway and asthma symptoms. As the baby grows, the lung matures and the injury can be minimized. Read more...

Are there any natural treatments that are effective for meconium aspiration syndrome?

No. Meconium aspiration is best treated by offering respiratory support as needed, preventing secondary damage or infection to the lung, and managing associated conditions, such as perinatal depression. Meconium aspiration syndrome, if uncomplicated, resolves within several days, with no long-term consequences. Read more...
No. Best way to manage it is to prevent it by suctioning of the airway of the infant by a trained person, if depressed after the delivery. Many mas happen prior to the delivery. If the infant develops mas, standard treatment includes, oxygen, i.V fluids, antibiotics, blood gases, ventilator management, inhaled Nitric Oxide etc. Read more...
Mec aspiration & Tx. There ar no natural treatments for this. The treatments are early suctioning, oxygen therapy and epending on complications, and severity baby may need antibiotics, ventilator support, etc. Read more...

If I decide to do a home birth, how do I know if my baby is at risk for meconium aspiration syndrome?

Know the risks. Home delivery is not recommended by many physicians because of increased risk to both mother and baby. If home delivery is chosen, the expectant mother and delivery attendant can reduce the chance of a bad outcome by understanding risk factors. For meconium aspiration syndrome, advanced maternal age, post-dates gestation, small for gestational age, and signs of fetal distress increase the risk. Read more...
May not know. You can sometimes pick up signs of stress that may lead to meconium on fetal heart testing. But there are definitely times when you find meconium at the time of delivery and you were not suspecting it. Read more...
U won't always know. Home deliveries always cary risks and you can never eliminate all of them. It may be safer to look for a hospital or birthing center that offers a "natural childbirth" option. Many centers can create a home-like environment but still provide immediate access to advanced services such as an operating room, anesthesia, neonatologists, etc if needed. Read more...