Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom | 2008/06/09

Q.

Gastric Aspirate

Hello Dr. I posted previously about my son choking. Please can you tell me what 'gastric aspirate' is? Why I ask is, when my baby was born (apgar 9/10 and then 10/10) he was wrapped and placed in his crib while I was in recovery there was a note left on him that read, 'gastric aspirate'. Nothing was mentioned to me about any problem besides a rash which is a normal occurance in new borns and jaundice. Sorry but my mind is starting to wonder and I just hope the constant choking is nothing serious. Today I had to rip him out his car seat as he was not getting his breath back. I will be phoning the paed asap!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Gastric aspirates are usually done at birth where a possible infection in the baby is suspected. Please have your son seen by an expert as I recommended.

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