What is Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?

Meconium is the first faeces, or stool, of a newborn. During delivery, a newborn breathes a mixture of meconium & amniotic fluid into the lungs, causing meconium aspiration syndrome. This occurs in roughly 5%-10% of births and may cause serious illness. The infant may need to be placed in a NICU for further care which includes antibiotics, the use of a breathing machine, or a warmer to maintain body temperature.