Newborn Weight Loss and IV Fluids in Labor
It appears neonates exposed to increased fluids before birth might be born over-hydrated, requiring the baby to regulate his or her fluid levels during the first 24 hours after birth. The more IV-logged the mother, the ‘puffier’ the baby. As the baby regulates its hydration, weight calibrates to what probably would have been its natural birth weight (usually at 24 hours, say the researchers).
If a baby loses weight quickly in the first few days of life it can cause a desire for supplementation to offset the weight loss. Baby and mom should be monitored and given time to resolve the issue before resorting to unnecessary supplementation. Read more about newborn weight loss and IV fluids during labor.
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