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Did Your Newborn Suffer Cerebral
Palsy or Another Brain Injury Before
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Our Birth Brain Injury Resource Guide

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Get a FREE guide of resources available throughout Ohio to children and families of children who were born with brain injuries.

Our guide can help you build a foundation of knowledge and tools that will help you help your child
now and in the future.

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Meconium Aspiration – Life Expectancy

The fatality rate for babies with meconium aspiration syndrome is very low. In fact, a majority of babies that aspirated meconium can go home with their parents within days and usually do not require further care.

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Even so, serious complications due occur. In babies that have developed severe complications due to aspiration of meconium, serious respiratory problems can arise, such as pneumothorax, persistent pulmonary hypertension, which can lead to lung damage. These respiratory problems can lead to oxygen circulation issues and, in rare cases, brain damage.
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These further complications due to brain or neurological damage and lung damage that may lead to shortened life expectancies that are related to those particular complications.

However, studies of babies that have severe meconium aspiration syndrome show a wide range of infant mortality rates – anywhere between 5-40%.