Neonatal Shock is a complex syndrome where circulatory function is not able to supply sufficient amount of oxygen and other nutrients to tissues to meet metabolic demands.As shock progresses, it results in the failure of infant’s compensatory mechanisms and causes huge cellular damage. It also causes irreversible injury to vital organs that can further lead to death. It mainly occurs in babies with low birth weight, especially in first few days of their birth.
What causes Neonatal Shock?
A number of factors can cause Neonatal Shock, namely:
Obstruction of venous return
What are the symptoms of Neonatal Shock?
The signs and symptoms of Neonatal Shock include:
Weak and fast pulse
Very cold to touch
Capillary refill time >3 sec
How can Neonatal Shock be treated?
Therapy for neonatal shock depends on the underlying cause. Therefore, it is very important to recognise the reason for shock so that treatment can be given accordingly. The various treatment options for shock are: