Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) is the aspiration of stained amniotic fluid, which can occur before, during, or immediately after birth. MAS can lead to major medical disorders, as well as irreversible conditions like cerebral palsy, if it is not diagnosed and treated immediately.
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What are the effects of meconium aspiration on a newborn baby?
Most infants with meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) have complete recovery of pulmonary function; however, MAS infants have a slightly increased incidence of respiratory infections in the first year of life because the lungs are still in recovery.
It is very important that the medical staff attending to the birth of your baby are fully aware of the potential signs of meconium aspiration, and be equipped and prepared to handle it quickly and efficiently.
MAS is one of the leading causes of severe birth injuries in newborn babies, and it occurs in about 5 – 10 % of births.
Severely affected infants have an increased risk of developing reactive airway disease (RAD) in the first 6 months of life. Reactive airway disease is a group of conditions that generally result in wheezing. Conditions within this group include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and viral upper respiratory infections.
Children with MAS may develop chronic lung disease from intense pulmonary intervention, or various other long-term neurological issues. Failure to properly manage meconium aspiration during the birthing process can cause the baby to experience serious health issues including:-
- central nervous system (CNS) damage,
- respiratory distress,
- hypoxic ischemic encephalpathy (HIE),
- and cerebral palsy.
If your baby has suffered as the result of meconium aspiration syndrome during labour, this is a very traumatic and distressing time for you and your family. Our medical negligence and birth injury solicitors can discuss your case in confidence with you to see if we can assist you at this difficult time.
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