Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Claims *
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS) is a medical condition that affects new-born infants. It is the aspiration of stained amniotic fluid and can occur any time before or after the birth of a baby. MAS syndrome is the most common severe birth injury and is categorised as an emergency. New-borns can suffer from MAS because of receiving some type of foetal distress. It is most likely to occur when a baby is past the due date. The infants respond to the short supply of blood and oxygen by expelling meconium. When a baby is born with the MAS syndrome it is critical that the medical team respond promptly and fully equipped. Any form of negligence on behalf of the medical practitioners may unfortunately have negative consequences.
The initial symptom that indicate that the new born child could be experiencing MAS is dependent on the colour of the amniotic fluid. Rather than the fluid being clear and watery, it can be stained green or a yellow like colour. In some circumstances the medical team can realise before delivery that the child may have inhaled meconium due to the lower heart rate.
Once the baby has been delivered confirmation that the child has contracted MAS is gathered from listening to the lungs for abnormalities. Other symptoms that it may be suffering from MAS include:
- Blue discolouration of the skin
- The new born may be lame or less responsive
- Breathing difficulties
It is important that the medical staff at a birth remain aware of the signs of MAS. It is the leading cause of birth injuries and happens in about 10% of all births. The vast majority of new-borns make a full recovery from the illness; however, it does affect their respiratory system as the lungs take approximately a year to repair.
New-borns who suffer a more severe form of the illness have an increased risk of being exposed to reactive airway disease (RAD). The knock-on effects from this illness include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Infants are most likely to suffer these forms of complications within 6 months of birth.
Treatment and Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent meconium aspiration syndrome from occurring. Professionals have identified that mothers who have a high blood pressure rate or diabetes may be more exposed to the threat of MAS. The most dangerous threat is when the baby is overdue or the labour time is well over the normal time schedule of a normal birth.
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