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If a baby doesn't receive medical treatment immediately, they are at an even higher risk.
Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) is a condition that occurs when a baby breathes in a mixture of amniotic fluid and meconium, a baby's first stool. When an infant breathes it in, the mixture floods the baby's lungs, preventing the baby from getting oxygen.
There are a number of red flag indicators when something goes wrong during labor and delivery, especially when both mother and baby are being monitored properly.
Common symptoms of MAS include:
A baby that loses oxygen for just a few minutes can experience serious damage. It is imperative that medical professionals act immediately if there are any of the signs and symptoms of MAS.
Some of these causes of MAS can be present before a baby is born. If there are problems with the placenta, a baby can become stressed. This may cause a baby to release meconium while still in the uterus. If this happens the baby is much more likely to breath it in during delivery.
Other risk factors that can add to the stress of a fetus include:
If MAS occurs, a newborn baby needs immediate medical treatment to remove the meconium from the lungs. When MAS is suspected, the nose, mouth, and throat should be suctioned and a tube should be placed down the throat to suction out the fluid in the lungs.
If meconium aspiration syndrome is not detected or treated quickly, very serious complications can arise. Some of these include:
Both mother and baby must be properly monitored during labor and delivery and proper prenatal care should have been given, in order to prevent dangerous complications. When a physician fails to monitor, detect, or treat a condition that could cause meconium aspiration syndrome and a birth injury occurs, he or she should be held responsible.
Meconium aspiration syndrome can be prevented and early detection is key to keep it from causing further complications. Physicians should have the experience and knowledge to properly handle any birth complications that arise.
If your baby was injured at birth due to the failure of a doctor to detect or treat a condition, contact the Willens Law Offices now. Coping with the cost of a birth injury can be devastating. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.
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