But without the pressure of the birth canal to help empty fluid from the lungs, many caesarean babies have excess mucous and fluid in their lungs and need to be suctioned to help them start breathing.
Do c-section babies have more problems?
Other studies have found that babies born by planned caesarean have an increased risk of breathing problems after birth, and an increased risk of childhood obesity, asthma and diabetes.
Why is my newborn so Mucousy?
Babies can get congested when they breathe in cigarette smoke, pollutants, viruses, and other irritants. Their bodies produce extra mucus in the nose and airways to trap and remove these irritants. Exposure to dry air and other weather conditions can also trigger excess mucus production and congestion.
Why do c-section babies have breathing problems?
Babies delivered by C-section (without labor) are more likely to have this condition. This is because without the hormone changes of labor the fluid in the lungs is still there. The baby has to work to reabsorb it after birth. Babies of moms with asthma and diabetes may also be more likely to have this condition.
Are c-section babies different?
With a scheduled cesarean, babies are more likely to be born preterm, before the lungs have fully developed. Respiratory complications can be serious enough to require admission to a special care nursery. With a cesarean, mothers and babies are less likely to have skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth.
How long does mucus last in c-section babies?
Mucus is usually pushed out of the baby’s lungs during a vaginal delivery, but this doesn’t happen during a c-section. The mucus can make it harder for your baby to feed and it can be worrying for you. But it is normal and should get better after a few days.
What is more painful c-section or natural birth?
Recovery times following C-sections are also typically longer than those following natural birth. Ultimately, a natural birth may be more painful than a cesarean section. However, the pain after your cesarean section combined with the heightened risks to you and your baby may outweigh the initial pain of childbirth.
How can I get mucus out of my baby’s throat?
Lay your baby belly down on your forearm, with their head lowered slightly. Firmly but gently tap baby’s upper back with the palm of your hand. This should dislodge the mucus ball and your baby will happily drool away. Call 911 immediately if your baby is not breathing as usual within a few seconds of doing this.
What position should a congested baby sleep in?
Just make sure to put the towel under the mattress, as no pillows or blankets should ever go in the crib with your baby while they sleep. Also, remember that you should always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Why is it important to remove excess mucus?
Mucus keeps these areas from drying out and helps to defend against invaders, including viruses and bacteria. Though a healthy body requires some mucus, too much can be uncomfortable. Excess may be caused by: infections, such as the common cold or flu.