Asphyxia in Newborn

Failure of a newborn baby to breathe, more common in small-for-dates babies, overdue babies, and babies whose mothers have received pethidine in labour. Baby doesn't move or cry, and turns blue; after 5 minutes of not breathing brain damage is likely, and after 10 minutes baby will die.

If baby is being delivered at home, contact Emergency Medical Services and start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (see Breathing), removing any fluid or mucus from baby's mouth first; once the baby is breathing, give one of the emergency homeopathic remedies below.

If mouth-to-mouth resuscitation does not work, artificial respiration may be necessary (a tube is inserted through the baby's mouth and into the lungs, and attached to a respirator); in meantime, give Carbo veg. 30c in the dosage specified below.

Specific remedies to be given every 2 minutes until baby loses blue tinge and is breathing and crying normally

  • Baby collapsed, limp, cold, nearly dead Carbo veg. 30c
  • Baby cold, blue, gasping for breath, failing pulse Laurocerasus 30c

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Related to Problems in Infants
  National Deaf Children's Society
  Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)
  La Leche League Great Britain
  National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  Cry-sis Helpline
  National Asthma Campaign

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