Meconium is a thick and sticky greenish black substance that forms in
the intestines of a
fetus. It is produced as the fetus swallows and
digests the amniotic fluid inside the womb. When the baby is born, meconium is
the first stool the baby passes.
Most normal newborns pass the meconium within 48 hours after birth.
Some babies cannot pass the meconium because of a blockage in the intestines,
known as a meconium plug. In babies born with
cystic fibrosis, the intestines may become blocked
from excessive mucus production. Stuck meconium must be flushed out by an
enema. Sometimes the blockage is so severe that
surgery is needed.
In the previous sections, you found some practical and useful tips to help you deal with many of the tough nutritional issues you may face daily. As important is an understanding of why some of the other essential dietary elements are needed to maintain health. The list of nutrients needed by our bodies is long. However, we will discuss only a few that are especially important in lung disease.
Also, some medicines for lung disease react with some nutrients. You should consult with your doctor...