Meconium Aspiration – Prognosis
Generally, the prognosis for babies who have aspirated meconium is good. Even with elevated levels, chances are your baby will be able to go home with you within a few weeks after delivery.Get A 100% Free CASE Evaluation
Usually, babies that have aspirated meconium, either in the womb or during or after delivery, recover within a few days and can leave with their parents. In fact, this is the case with many of the babies that have been treated.
A low percentage of infants that aspirate meconium require more care. These babies are transferred to neonatal intensive care or special monitoring units. The majority of these babies, in turn, can spend one to two weeks in intensive monitoring, undergoing respiratory support and then can go home with their parents.
More severe complications are rare but do occur. If an infant aspirated the meconium in utero and experienced significant oxygen deprivation, some long-term studies suggest that they can be more susceptible to neurological disorders. A few infants also suffer from reactive airway disease for anything ranging from months to years after being born. Death from syndrome-related complications is rare but has occurred.