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Signs and treatments of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, part 2

Typically, childbirth in a hospital is a very safe procedure, but emergencies can occur. Previously on this blog we discussed the signs that a baby who is suffering from meconium aspiration syndrome may exhibit after the delivery. To recap, MAS occurs when fecal matter, known as meconium, moves from a baby's intestines and into the lungs, which seriously inhibits the baby's ability to breathe.

Signs and treatments of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, part 1

Prior to being born, a baby produces a dark green fecal matter known as meconium, which remains in the intestines until it is expelled during the first few days after the delivery. However, it is possible for a baby to experience stress that causes them to pass some of the meconium before leaving the uterus. The meconium then mixes with the amniotic fluid, which surrounds and provides oxygen to the fetus.

Apgar score measures a baby's health at birth

In 1952, an anesthesiologist named Virginia Apgar developed a process which is now commonly administered the first minute after a baby is delivered. This process yields what is known as the Apgar score, which is a measurement of various aspects of the baby's health. Specifically, the Apgar test examines a baby's breathing, appearance, pulse, muscle activity and responsiveness. Each of these categories is assigned a score and that score dictates if special care is required.

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