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Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Prevention of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Preventing meconium aspiration can begin as soon as a mother notices that meconium is present when her amniotic fluid breaks, or if the fluid has dark green stains or streaks. During labor, doctors will also use a fetal heart rate monitor to check for signs of fetal distress. In some cases, they may recommend an amniofusion, in which the amniotic fluid is diluted with saline to wash the meconium out before the baby has a chance to inhale it.

If a woman has meconium in her amniotic fluid, health care workers skilled in newborn resuscitation should be present during delivery. 

Locations for Meconium Aspiration Syndrome