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Understanding meconium inhalation and its causes

Posted on July 29, 2015 10:15 am under Medical Malpractice

Meconium, or the earliest stool of a baby, is composed of materials ingested by the baby during its stay in the mother’s womb. Although it is usual for most babies to have their amniotic fluid streaked with meconium, some of them swallow or inhale their meconium, which might result in health complications.

Fetal distress is considered the primary cause of meconium ingestion or inhalation. When a baby is distressed during labor, it might not be getting the oxygen it needs. This would cause the baby’s gastrointestinal activity to rise and the anal sphincter, or the valve that constricts the passage of stool, to relax. Fetal distress is usually a complication of long, difficult labor.

Unfortunately, some midwives and doctors tolerate tell-tale signs of fetal distress and refuse to recommend procedures that would quicken delivery. If you think your baby’s condition has been a result of medical negligence during your labor, you might be eligible to file a legal complaint. Contact our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your situation today.