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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.

If the physician suspects that a newborn may be experiencing MAS, he or she will use a stethoscope to check for abnormal breathing. If there are breathing issues, the doctor could take further steps to confirm a MAS event. These steps include chest x-rays, a blood gas test or using a laryngoscope to examine the baby's vocal cords for signs of meconium staining.

Once MAS is detected, it is critical to quickly remove the meconium from the baby's upper airway. This is done by suctioning the meconium with a tube that is run down the baby's windpipe. The suctioning continues until there is no meconium found in the material that has been removed.

If the baby is not breathing, the doctor will have to deliver oxygen to the baby by using a bag and mask. Doing this is intended to fill the baby's lungs and promote breathing. If necessary, a tube may be placed into the baby's windpipe to assist with breathing.

When a baby is struggling to take in oxygen. the matter must be corrected as soon as possible. This means that the baby must be diligently monitored for signs of duress. If a doctor does not respond to a problem in a timely fashion, the baby could suffer a brain injury.

If your baby suffered an injury because a doctor or medical staff did not respond properly to an emergency situation, an experienced medical malpractice attorney could work to help you get the compensation you need to help cover your baby's present and future care.

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