Asphyxia neonatorum

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A disorder that uses a newly born baby stops to breathe on its own the minute after birth. It is also referred to as deprivation of oxygen or hypoxia. This is usually caused by the mother's blood pressure dropping or complications during the delivery with blood flow to the infant's brain. The hypoxic injury can happen to most of an infant's organs like the heart, liver, lungs, gut and kidneys although damage in the brain is the usual concern and possibly the last to be healed. In worst cases, the baby survives but is left with brain damage this shows in developmental delay.

Symptoms and Signs

Here are the known symptoms of Asphyxia neonatorum: 1. Cyanosis - a severe state signifying a lack of oxygen in the blood supply. 2. Bradycardia - heart beat is decreases to less than 60 beats per minute. 3. Poor response to stimulus 4. Hypotonia - failing of the muscles. 5. Hypoxia - deprivation of oxygen supply to the different portions of the body. 6. Metabolic acidosis - reduced blood pH because of changes in respiration.


The most common complication from this disease is brain damage. In extreme cases, it results to cardiac arrest and death.

Underlying conditions

When an individual or an infant specifically is diagnosed with Asphyxia neonatorum, it is essential to think about whether there is an underlying condition causing Asphyxia neonatorum. These are other health conditions that can perhaps result to Asphyxia neonatorum. 1. Fits or Seizures 2. Foetal suffering 3. Incapacity/inablity to learn 4. Cerebral palsy

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