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One of the concerns, when there is meconium present in the amniotic fluid, is that the baby will aspirate the meconium during labor or birth. This aspiration of meconium is dealt with by vigorous suctioning immediately upon the birth of your baby’s head, even before the body is born. This can lessen the amount of meconium available for your baby to aspirate. Your baby may then breathe the meconium and amniotic fluid mixture into their lungs shortly before, during, or right after birth.
This is known as meconium aspiration or meconium aspiration. Meconium staining of the amniotic fluid is a common occurrence during labour and although a large proportion of these pregnancies will have a normal neonatal outcome, its presence may be an indicator of fetal hypoxia and has been linked to the development of cerebral palsy, seizures and meconium aspiration syndrome. If the amniotic fluid is greenish or brown in color, fetal meconium may be present, which is normally passed after birth as the baby’s first bowel movement.
Meconium in the amniotic fluid may be associated with fetal distress. Giving oxygen to the mother, changing her position, and giving her more fluids are just some of the solutions to this problem. Also, when the unborn baby moves his bowel in the womb, this can be a cause for a complication during labor and deliveryas the. Cord or head compression during labor can cause a vagally mediated gastrointestinal peristalsis response, which causes a baby to empty their bowels in utero. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the baby is in distress but will and should be monitored by your health care practitioner.
What Is Meconium Aspiration?Complications of labor include. premature rupture of membranes, precipitous labor, preterm labor, secondary arrest of labor, meconium, abnormal lie (position of the fetus), and. rupture. Fetal distress during labor causes intestinal contractions, as well as relaxation of the anal sphincter, which allows meconium to pass into the amniotic fluid and contaminate the amniotic fluid. Meconium passage into the amniotic fluid occurs in about 5-20 percent of all births and is more common in overdue births.
Most babies who have passed meconium into the amniotic fluid do not breathe it into their lungs during labor and delivery. They are unlikely to have any symptoms or problems. Babies who do breathe in this fluid may have the followin. It’s important to know if your baby has been exposed to meconium to prevent severe breathing problems. A procedure called amnioinfusion may be used during labor if you have meconium-stained amniotic fluid.
During this procedure, your healthcare provider puts a small tube into your uterus through the vagina.
List of related literature:
|from Holcomb and Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery E-Book|
|from Clinical Maternal-Fetal Medicine|
|from Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care E-Book|
|from Certification and Core Review for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing E-Book|
|from Pathology of the Human Placenta|
|from Advanced Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured|
|from A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children|
|from Handbook of Pediatric Autopsy Pathology|
|from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice E-Book|
|from Critical Care Transport|