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Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Treatments for Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Treatments for meconium aspiration syndrome begin at delivery. These include suctioning the upper airways, the lower airways through an endotracheal tube place in the windpipe, and supplemental oxygen given either by face mask or a mechanical ventilator. The child may also be given antibiotics to treat infection and a radiant warmer to maintain normal body temperature.

If the newborn has inhaled meconium but looks active and has a strong heartbeat, doctors will monitor the child for symptoms of meconium aspiration syndrome such as an increased respiratory rate, grunting or cyanosis, which typically appear within the first 24 hours of life. 

Locations for Meconium Aspiration Syndrome