Your baby’s doctor working with the Children’s Hospital Services at The Aga Khan University Hospital can treat for aspiration syndrome in a number of ways.
Our team will be present to ensure that they are monitoring your baby’s condition when he or she is born. If there are traces of meconium are in the amniotic fluid, but your baby is healthy and active after being born, then no treatment is needed in this situation.
If your baby is not active or crying right after delivery, he or she will be placed in the special care nursery or newborn intensive care unit so their vitals can be monitored closely. To induce breathing, a tube will be placed in his or her airway by one of our expert doctors or nurses. Meconium will be extracted using suction and the procedure can be performed repeatedly.
If your baby is not breathing, or has a low heart rate, then our team will induce breathing using an oxygen mask to deliver oxygen to inflate your baby's lungs.
Other treatments may include:
Medications in case of infection
Ventilator to keep your baby's lungs inflated
Maintaining your baby’s body temperature