The marked discoloration of this infant’s fingernails as shown in the picture below resulted from ?
- Meconium is noted in the amniotic fluid in as many as 10% of deliveries.
- he meconium may have been recently expelled or may have been present in the amniotic fluid for hours or days.
- Because the timing of the passage of meconium may have significance for the diagnosis of fetal distress, it is useful to examine infants for the presence of meconium staining.
- It takes at least 4 to 6 hours of contact before staining of the umbilicus, skin, and nails occurs.
- Often, the meconiumstained infant is postmature and has diffuse peeling of the skin and a shriveled, stained umbilical cord.