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Could human babies breathe in amniotic fluid?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: They sometimes do

Infants sometimes have amniotic fluid in their mouth which can get sucked into their lungs at delivery.
The OB makes an effort to clear the nose & mouth after the head is delivered, but if baby comes out rapidly that may not be possible. This material can trigger rapid breathing & a trip to the nicu for a few days as it can act identical to pneumonia. Most do well with treatment.

In brief: They sometimes do

Infants sometimes have amniotic fluid in their mouth which can get sucked into their lungs at delivery.
The OB makes an effort to clear the nose & mouth after the head is delivered, but if baby comes out rapidly that may not be possible. This material can trigger rapid breathing & a trip to the nicu for a few days as it can act identical to pneumonia. Most do well with treatment.
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