During the birthing process, the newborn may inhale meconium, a sterile fecal matter, causing meconium aspiration syndrome, or MAS. While MAS can be benign when treated immediately and correctly, it can cause significant respiratory illness if untreated.
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Fetal Distress May Contribute to MAS
The reasons why a baby may inhale their own meconium vary. However, signs of fetal distress may contribute significantly to the chances of meconium aspiration.
Fetal distress can be caused by:
- Low oxygen levels prior to birth
- Oxygen deprivation during birth
- Birth past the expected due date
Medical providers have an obligation to a pregnant mother and her baby to look for signs of fetal distress at all stages of a mother’s pregnancy, not just during the birthing process. If they are not careful in their observations of the unborn child, then they could overlook clear signs of fetal distress, increasing the risk of MAS when the child is born. Rapid or slow heart rate is just one of many warning signs of fetal distress that obstetricians and other medical professionals can identify when all proper medical procedures are used.
Lifelong Complications Caused by MAS
Meconium aspiration syndrome can be potentially deadly when untreated. When the newborn inhales the meconium, the sticky substance can cling to the insides of the lungs, causing respiratory complications or failure. Being deprived of oxygen so early into life may cause permanent complications and struggles for the child.
Complications of MAS may cause:
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Chest cavity abnormalities
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Lung collapse
- Chronic seizures
In order to treat the complications caused by incorrectly treated MAS, numerous intensive treatments will be required. Lifelong rehabilitative treatments may also be required, such as specialized therapies that assist with muscle control and movement, which may be limited due to MAS complications. Learning complications can also arise due to oxygen deprivation to the brain caused by MAS, which could mean the child needs special education for the rest of their life.
The cost of all of these specialized and lifelong treatments can be significant, even with healthcare insurance coverage. You should not have to struggle to pay for all of your child’s necessary care when it was a medical provider’s mistakes that caused the meconium aspiration and consequent complications.
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