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Meconium peritonitis can have a wide range of presentations. This report discusses two cases that have recently appeared in our neonatal intensive care unit. The first report discusses the case of a meconium pseudocyst in a preterm infant.


Meconium
All babies have meconium and will dispense of it through bowel movements at some point, hopefully after they are born. Meconium is the first bowel movements from a newborn that includes cells, mucus, bile, amniotic fluid and lanugo that is stored in the baby's intestines while in utero.

Meconium
Definition: The dark green intestinal contents formed before birth and present in a newborn.
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Meconium develops.

Meconium is the sticky, black substance that the baby passes from its bowels in the first few days after birth.
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What Is Meconium?
Understanding meconium will help new mothers know what it means and if it is dangerous in anyway.
Meconium is a common word you will hear during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. It is a completely normal thing but can also be very dangerous.

Your baby might pass solid waste, called meconium, prior to delivery. If your water breaks or leaks and it is greenish-brown in colour, this might indicate meconium spotting in your amniotic fluid. Call your doctor right away if this happens.
He has reached what will likely be his birth length.

OBJECTIVE:To study the impact of neonatal resuscitation program (NRP) guidelines on delivery room (DR) management of infants born through meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF).STUDY DESIGN:A retrospective study of all term (>or=37 weeks) infants born through MSAF was performed.

Meconium
The thick, mucoid, dark green contents of the fetal intestine which is the first rectal discharge from the newborn. Meconium is composed of the bile secretions of the liver, intestinal glands, amniotic fluid, lipids, blood group substances and fetal skin cells.
Microcephaly ...

Meconium: The bowel movement (feces) of a baby before, during, or soon after birth.
Miscarriage: Spontaneous ending of the pregnancy prior to 24 weeks' gestation.
Mucus: A sticky substance produced by glands.

Meconium
This dark, sticky substance is released from a newborn's intestines with its first bowel movement. If meconium is visible in the amniotic fluid prior to delivery, it can be a sign that the foetus is in distress.
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Meconium: First intestinal discharge of the newborn; green or yellow in color discharged before or during labor, or soon after birth. A baby who passes meconium before birth can experience distress, so make sure you alert your doctor if you notice greenish discharge from your vagina

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Meconium: First intestinal discharge of the newborn; green or yellow in colour. It consists of epithelial or surface cells, mucus and bile. Discharge may occur before or during labour or soon after birth.
Melanoma: Pigmented mole or tumor. It may or may not be cancerous.

Meconium - The baby's first bowel movements, which are black or green
Membranes, bag of waters, amniotic sac - A sac of thin membranes containing watery fluids (amniotic fluid) and the fetus; the membranes either rupture spontaneously during labor or may be ruptured to hasten labor ...

Meconium: A greenish-brown substance that comes from a baby's digestive tract and is ordinarily passed after delivery as the baby's first stool. Sometimes, the meconium is passed before birth, in which case it stains the amniotic fluid, turning it greenish brown.

Meconium
A dark green, sticky mucus normally found in infants' intestines. It is the first stool passed by the newborn. Meconium is a mixture of amniotic fluid and secretions from the intestinal glands. Passage of meconium within the uterus before birth can be a sign of fetal distress.

Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
EXTRACORPOREAL MEMBRANE OXYGENATION FOR TERM NEONATES WITH SEVERE RESPIRATORY FAILURE
Dyspnea
Apnea of Prematurity
Ventilator Management of Infants Before Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
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Meconium is greeny-black in colour, and has a sticky, tar-like texture. It may be difficult to wipe off that tiny bottom, but its appearance is a good sign that your baby's bowels are working normally.
What will my baby's poops be like if I'm breastfeeding?

Meconium In the uterus the baby's bowel is lined with a thick…
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Meconium
The material that collects in the intestines of a fetus and is normally discharged shortly after birth ...

11. Meconium show is to be expected in second stage, particularly with "buttlings", and although this is normal, continue to assess heart tones continuously to rule out cord compromise.
12. Second stage contractions are often less in frequency, duration and strength than first stage.

fetal meconium
When the amniotic sac membrane ruptures, the normal color of the amniotic fluid is clear. However, if the amniotic fluid is greenish or brown in color, it may indicate fetal meconium, which is normally passed after birth as the baby's first bowel movement.

Although meconium can mean a baby is distressed, I was not worried. The same thing had happened with my second kid and everything turned out fine. My contractions were regular. My partner, Mike, was there. I was wearing my lucky orange Jon Spencer Blues Explosion T-shirt.

If there was meconium in the amniotic fluid and your baby has inhaled it, then there is a small risk of your baby's airways being affected. This is called meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS).
MAS may: ...

Meconium aspiration: The baby may have a bowel movement into a smaller amount of amniotic fluid and then inhale it into its lungs. This could cause the baby to get pneumonia, but often a baby with meconium staining will do fine.

There is often less amniotic fluid draining during the labour and the baby may be more likely to pass meconium into the waters, staining them green before birth (called meconium stained liquor).

Some babies with meconium in the amniotic fluid may need treatment right away after birth to prevent breathing problems. Babies who appear healthy at birth may not need treatment, even if the amniotic fluid has meconium.
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The other risk is meconium. Meconium is a fetus's bowel movement and it is more common when the pregnancy is post-term. Most fetuses that have a bowel movement inside the uterus have no problems.

Olive oil - Meconium (baby's first poop) is sticky. It's not a bad idea to smear a little olive oil on after a diaper change in hopes that if the next diaper is meconium, it won't stick so much. Plus the olive oil is totally safe for baby's skin, unlike some commercial lotions.

The baby had passed his first stool, which is not actually babyshit but is stuff called meconium--sort of human packing grease which filled his digestive tract while William was in utero.

For the first few days after delivery, the baby passes meconium, a dark green, almost black, substance. Meconium accumulates in the baby's gut during pregnancy. Meconium is passed during the first few days, and by the 3rd day, the bowel movements start becoming lighter, as more breastmilk is taken.

In the first few days, infants' stools gradually change from the sticky black meconium stools to green, then brown. Within a day or two of mother's milk 'coming in' they become 'milk stools,' which are yellow and seedy - the color of mustard and the consistency of cottage cheese.

These will become your infant's first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium. Your child's intestines are accumulating lots of meconium. About 30% of babies move their bowels before birth.

This waste material is known as meconium and is greenish-black in color. Meconium is made up of cells that your baby has shed, lanugo and other substances. Meconium is the first waste that your baby will pass after birth.

While this is usually harmless, when your doctor spots meconium in your amniotic fluid during labor, he or she will be concerned the baby might inhale it deeply with the first breaths after birth. If meconium is breathed deep into the lungs, it can cause breathing problems.

In your 19th week of pregnancy, the baby is initially producing meconium; it is the first stool of the baby. Right after your baby is born, he or she will start serving meconium in the first few days of baby’s life.

Amniotic fluid that has a foul odor or is yellow or green indicates infection or the presence of meconium, or ''little baby poop." If babies get stressed, they will have a bowel movement.

Wipes - Often newborns have a bowel movement during or after most feedings as the meconium clears the system. Even after the first movements are gone, breast milk and formula digests quickly. These diaper changes require as sensitive of wipes as possible.

Your baby is now busy producing meconium, the tarry black substance which will become the first bowel movement after birth. Meconium is a harmless mixture of amniotic fluid, digestive secretions and dead skin cells which accumulates in the baby’s bowels and is excreted in the first nappy.

Your baby now has a tummy full of meconium, which will form the contents of their very first nappy (green and sticky!), and they are head down, and ready to go.

Don't be alarmed when you see your little one's first messy diaper - meconium is the black, tar-like stool that builds up in the bowel while baby is in utero. Keeping an eye on baby's output is a good idea since newborns have very few ways of communicating.

Your baby's intestine will be filled with a dark greenish substance called meconium. This will be your baby's first motion, passed sometime in the first two days of baby's life! Sometimes it can be passed at labour, so don't be shocked if you see it.

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion.

Your baby starts showing extreme signs of distress such as a low heart beat or meconium in the amniotic fluid
There is evidence of cephalopelvic disproportion (baby's head is too large to push through the pelvis) ...

Routine amnioscopy to detect meconium-stained amniotic fluid in labor
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Routine artificial rupture of the membranes to detect meconiumstained amniotic fluid in labor ...

At thirty eight weeks in your wife's pregnancy, your baby's intestines are busy accumulating the meconium, which will help him get rid of the waste accumulated through his first bowel movement. Also, as he practices breathing, amniotic fluid gets into his windpipe, causing him to hiccup frequently.

The baby may be gaining an ounce a day now. His/her intestines are accumulating lots of meconium (baby's first bowel movement). The circumference of the head and the baby's abdomen are about the same size.
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Your baby's intestines continue to accumulate meconium (baby's first bowel movement)
The circumference of the head and the abdomen are about the same size
The testicles have descended into the scrotum (for boys)
The labia are completely developed (for girls).

Complications at the end of Pregnancy such as overdue, waters have broken more than 24 hours before, meconium in waters
Diabetes
Low Hb ...

Attention deficit, hyperactivity and behavioural disorders
Learning disabilities
SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
MAS (Meconium Aspiration Syndrome) where the newborn has a greenish, sticky liquid in his intestines due to inhalation of amniotic fluid during pregnancy.

Research has found that induction of labour at this time slightly reduces the number of babies who die and decreases the chances of the baby passing meconium (the baby's first bowel movement) into the amniotic fluid. Induction of labour before 41 weeks is not supported by research.

Fetal distress is the development of signs of distress by the child. These may include rising or decreasing heartbeat (monitored on cardiotocography/CTG), shedding of meconium in the amniotic fluid, and other signs.

If the amniotic fluid is exposed to light. This can falsely lower bilirubin levels.
If there is blood or meconium in the fluid. This may cause an incorrect result for the test that checks to see whether your baby's (fetus's) lungs are mature.

It is the liquid we remove from the abdomen of the mother at an amnioscentesis. When the water breaks what comes out is amniotic fluid. The color should be straw colored. If it is green it is called meconium (the baby has a bowel movement in utero) and this can have implications in labor.

labor, oligohydramnios is sometimes treated with amnioinfusion, a deposit of sterile fluid into the amniotic sac to expand the AF volume. This is most frequently done to relieve fetal heart rate decelerations thought to be due to umbilical cord compresssion, or to try to clear some thick meconium ...

She has shed most of her lanugo and greasy vernix coating, both of which she'll actually ingest, along with some amniotic fluid; her body will turn this strange concoction into a dark, tarry stool called meconium.

"I took in a fold-up changing mat so I could change babes in their cots without worrying about leaving meconium all over the sheets." Jaybee
Something for your midwife. Because, once she's delivered your baby, she'll be your new best friend.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Pregnancy, Delivery, Pregnant, Newborn, Infection?

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