CS babies - excess fluid/spit-up

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Registered: 05-15-2003
CS babies - excess fluid/spit-up
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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 4:26pm
I've seen people post about c-section babies having excess fluid, or being more prone to choking & spitting up. I had this problem with my first c-section too. Does anyone know of an official name for this? Or know of where I can find any information about it?

Thanks.

Michelle edd #3 10/27/03

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:47pm
Hi Michelle...I work on an obstetrics unit...it is true that c/s babies are more prone to spitting up and having excess fluid on the lungs (or wet lungs). This is because they ususally do not have the "purging" of all the amniotic fluid that happens when a baby passes through the birth canal. It is especially important to watch these babies a little more closely the first few days after birth, because they need to get rid of the fluid somehow, they ususally do so by spitting it up (thus gagging at times) or may have other symptoms or respitratory distress such as grunting, "singing" (audibly groaning at each exhale), retracting, or having a respiration rate of more than 60 times a minute. Any of the above symptoms should be reported to your nurse or doctor.

Spitting up and some gagging is bound to happen. Just be sure you've got your call light handy while in the hospital and be sure you aren't left alone with the baby out of reach until you can get up and help baby if you need to. Keep that bulb syringe handy too, specially after feedings :)

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Registered: 05-15-2003
Thu, 06-19-2003 - 12:29pm
Thanks for the information. With my first son, he had a really sticky spit up for about 8 weeks after he was born. It wasn't all the time, maybe once a day, but it choked him (he couldn't breathe until I cleared it), and of course scared me to death. It was different than the regular baby spit up after feedings. My VBAC baby didn't have this, and that makes sense to me. I will print your comments for a friend of mine who's having her first C-section soon. I wish someone had warned me that what happened with my son was common. Maybe they did, and I wasn't paying attention.

Anyway, thanks again.

Michelle #3 edd 10/27/03