If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nMeconium Aspiration Syndrome: Separating Fears from Realities in Kentucky\r\nMeconium aspiration syndrome is at once terrifying and surprisingly common. Meconium is the technical name for the feces that an infant passes before he or she starts to drink breast milk or formula. The syndrome often develops in utero, when the baby taints the amniotic fluid with meconium due to stress, hypoxia or lack of blood flow. After the infant inhales this fluid into his or her lungs, emergency medical care may be required.\r\nMeconium Aspiration Syndrome: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Prognosis\r\nAccording to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, your baby\u2019s risk of meconium aspiration increases if you pass the due date; if a pregnant mother has gestational diabetes or hypertension; if labor and delivery prove difficult or lengthy; or if the infant suffers hypoxia (decreased oxygen) while in utero.\r\nHere are a few indications of meconium aspiration syndrome:\r\n\r\n \tLow Apgar scores (These are tests given right after birth to measure the baby's health)\r\n \tSlow heart rate or difficulty breathing\r\n \tLow blood pH and increased carbon-dioxide level\r\n \t\u201cPatchy or streaky areas\u201d in the lungs in an infant\u2019s chest x-ray\r\n \tBluish skin color\r\n \tLimpness\r\n\r\nFortunately, the outlook for most afflicted infants is good. Physicians can use a variety of tools and strategies to prevent damage and minimize harm. These include deploying:\r\n\r\n \tRadiant warmers\u00a0to help the infant maintain healthy body temperature\r\n \tAntibiotics\u00a0to treat infections\r\n \tVentilators\u00a0to inflate the lungs\r\n \tSuctioning techniques\u00a0to remove meconium as quickly as possible from the lungs\r\n\r\nPermanent lung damage from aspiration of meconium is relatively rare. On the flip side, however, meconium aspiration can cause other serious, permanent health problems. Common complications include pneumonia, persistent hypertension, and brain damage.\r\nIf your doctor or caregiver\u2019s negligence, carelessness, or failure to act caused or exacerbated your infant\u2019s meconium aspiration syndrome, you may want to consult a\u00a0Kentucky birth injury attorney\u00a0to discuss possible legal remedies to get you compensated for your neonatal care costs, long-term rehabilitation costs, and other damages.\r\nThe experienced, reputable Kentucky and Ohio birth injury attorneys at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson can provide a confidential, free consultation. For over three and a half decades, we have represented families of injured newborns in the Kentucky and Ohio region. Please reach out to us at 859-578-4444 or 888-606-5297 today to get help and answers.