Posted by: suene | 2003/03/09

baby swallowed amniotic fluid

Hi there. My baby was born on Monday, 3 March 2003 via caeserean section. She swallowed a large amount of amniotic fluid at birth and was in an incubator for 2 days.

Please can you provide me with information as to how and why this occurs.


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Dawn's answer is correct. It should not be a serious problem.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/10/28

hi,i gave birth naturally but i was told that my son swallowed some amniotic fluid he was kept in an incubator for 4 days,i need to know how can the fluid affect my son,any diseases associated with swallowing the fluid,he was given treatment and i was told he is ok,just want to be 100 percent sure

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Posted by: Dawn | 2003/03/10

Hi there. I too had a baby by caesearan on the 03/02, and he was also in an incubator for 2 days as part of his right lung collapsed from swallowing fluid. I was told by the nurses that during natural birth, babies lungs are "squeezed out", but not with a caesar. There is no long term damage though, and although he lost quite a bit of weight (500g) he is a healthy 4kg's now at 5 weeks. Enjoy your baby.

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