Does low oxygen saturation cause brain damage?

Low O2 & Brain Inj. All the cells in our body require oxygen. Our bodies have a lot of infracstructure to secure this: lungs, heart, blood vessles.... It is why airway, breathing and circulation are the abc's of resuccitation. If the oxygen saturation is low enough for long enough the effects are irrevesible. The brain is particularly vulnerable. It takes a few hours to lose a limb, a few minutes for brain damage.

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What damage does low oxygen saturation have on a childs brain?

Depends on variables. Low saturations are a variable issue.In the womb, the baby draws oxygen from the mothers blood and during all of pregnancy, their oxygen saturation is below what we expect after their first hour of age.That said, when it is too low for the period, it forces the metabolism into a weaker method of supplying energy, starving brain cells of energy and could result in cell injury or permanent damage. Read more...

Does the low oxygen saturation experienced on a commercial flight have a negative effect on a baby's developing brain?

Probably not. Commercial flights are pressurized, and you should not have a significantly low oxygen level during a flight. Read more...
No! The low saturations have not been found to have a negative impact on baby brains. Read more...
Heaven forbid! Can you imagine the class action lawsuit on that? And what about anyone else with chronic lung disease? No worries. The cabins are pressurized and oxygenated. If that is disrupted, that masks pop down. Air travel is much safer than the highways. Read more...