If your baby inhales a mixture of meconium (the baby’s first stool) and amniotic fluid and it gets into their lungs, meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) occurs and is a very serious medical condition. Meconium aspiration can occur before, during, or after delivery. Meconium is usually stored in the baby’s intestines until they are born, but sometimes, when the baby is still in the uterus, meconium can be released into the amniotic fluid before or during labor. This is usually the result of the baby being past their due date or if the baby is experiencing fetal distress. If meconium is released into the amniotic fluid, the baby may inhale it into their lungs, and this can cause airway blockage and constriction, inflamed airways, decreased oxygen or pneumonia. Meconium aspiration may also occur after delivery if they inhale meconium and amniotic fluid that was covering their body.
Medical professionals must act quickly if meconium aspiration occurs and their primary goal should be restoring normal breathing in order to prevent complications. MAS occurs in approximately 5-10% of births and can cause very severe birth injuries if it is not managed properly, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Respiratory distress
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RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from meconium aspiration. If there was a failure to quickly deliver your baby when they were in distress, if there was improper monitoring of your baby or if your baby was not effectively resuscitated and they developed disabilities, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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