Which are major complications of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome in the newborn?

Persistent chemical irritation of airways by meconium creates inflammation in the lungs that may cause long-term respiratory problems, including:

  • Severe asthma-like symptoms;
  • Hindered growth;
  • Being prone to viral or bacterial pneumonia.

Oxygen deprivation from meconium aspiration can also lead to brain injury which can cause:

  • Seizures;
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Strokes.