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