PSYCHOLOGY

Mom Warns About A Dangerous Condition Of Newborns That Many Parents Have Never Heard Of

Date May 20, 2019 15:49

Even a normal course of pregnancy and the apparent good health of the mother and child do not guarantee a completely trouble-free birth. In some cases, babies are born with a non-standard appearance, and sometimes, there are more serious defects.

4-year-old Heidi Land is a happy and cheerful child. You wouldn’t immediately tell that the little girl had to go through so much. She was born with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a rather rare condition that develops immediately before birth or directly in the process. For some time, a child’s brain and a number of other vital organs suffer a lack of oxygen and blood flow. As a result, organic damage to the central nervous system may occur, which is sometimes manifested by cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and visual and auditory dysfunctions.

HIE caused by asphyxia is the leading cause of infant mortality even in developed countries. Babies of mothers with diabetes, hypotension, and alcohol or drug addiction are at heightened risk, as well as babies suffering from congenital lung disorders, infections, heart disease, especially against the background of preeclampsia, problems in blood circulation to the placenta, cord entanglement, uterine rupture, etc.

Symptoms of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in newborns include:

  • atypical color of amniotic fluid;
  • poor muscle tone of the baby;
  • pale and or bluish skin color;
  • weak breathing or the absence thereof;
  • excessive acid in the blood.

Sharing the story of little Heidi, her parents would like to draw public attention to this rare disease because it’s possible to prevent its development in some cases.

For this purpose it is recommended to:

  • get a prenatal screening that can identify problems with blood and oxygen circulation;
  • take all precautions to prevent oxygen deprivation, especially when pregnancy is complicated or associated with certain risks;
  • regularly monitor the heart rate of the fetus;
  • minimize the risk of premature delivery.

The risk of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in a baby is not high, but it’s not something to be written off completely. Since in most cases the only optimal solution is emergency caesarean section, discuss its possibility in advance just in case there is reason to believe that the baby is threatened with oxygen deprivation.


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