Newborn with frothy sputum, please advise. - page 2

We had a c-section baby, that had some difficulty breathing for a while. She was full term, mother had no health problems but had elective c/s. Baby was crying but grunting with retractions. I... Read More

  1. by   dawngloves
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Dawngloves, you are right about vasovagal-----we get a quick heart-rate before doing this---if low, we don't deep suction right away. That is where percussion and stimulation and bulb suction come in.

    I have yet to see a baby vasovagal and stay down there---- if done quickly and properly in the right conditions, unless baby was already sick. What I have seen is way too many babies struggling for hours to a whole day or more trying to bring up secretions---and poorly feeding as a result. Deep suctioning can prevent this in the right case.
    I've never seen it either, but I've had docs slap my hands many a time while they watch the clock. Also, they have been moving away from chest pt because of , "no conclusive study" How about the "I've kept many a kid out the NICU with a septic work up because he had junk in him until I whacked his back!" study?
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ROFL Dawn.
  3. by   prmenrs
    I also know of a older primip who had an elective section because it was already known she had an A/V malformation in her brain! No way did they want her pushing!!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yep, but then that would be a medical indication, clearly. To me, this is hardly "elective" and more like "necessary".