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Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Symptoms and Signs of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

The first symptoms of meconium aspiration syndrome that appear at birth include meconium staining, or a greenish color to the amniotic fluid. Babies who have been exposed to meconium in the amniotic fluid for a long time may also have discolored, bluish skin (called cyanosis). (The skin may also be green, from being stained by the meconium.) In addition, the baby may have breathing problems, such as rapid or labored breathing (sometimes accompanied by grunting), a low heart rate before birth, limpness and a low Apgar score (a test given just after birth to evaluate the baby’s color, heartbeat, reflexes, muscle tone and breathing).

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