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Signs of meconium aspiration

Posted on July 29, 2015 4:09 pm under Medical Malpractice

Meconium is usually stored inside a baby’s intestines until after deliver. In some cases however, a fetus may pass meconium before or during birth. When this happens, the baby is at risk of inhaling this viscous, sticky substance, blocking his/her air passage and causing a host of respiratory problems.

After birth, doctors and medical professionals will observe the following for any signs of meconium aspiration:

  • Movements of the chest
  • Color of the skin – Blue skin may indicate lack of oxygen due to blockage in the airway. Green skin, on the other hand, may indicate meconium stain
  • Breathing
  • Heartbeat

Babies with signs of meconium aspiration should be treated immediately to prevent severe aspiration, infection, and possible long term complications, such as chronic lung diseases, hearing loss, and developmental disorders.

If you believe your baby has suffered from the long-term effects of meconium aspiration due to a medical practitioner’s failure to detect its signs, speak with our legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to see the possibility of filing a medical malpractice claim. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 for a free case assessment today.