Blood Ph Link to babies’ death risk

Blood-BabiesExperts said the increased risk stems form some unborn babies’ lungs and kidneys failing to regulate their blood effectively following a study by the University of Birmingham. Researchers, writing online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the research team describe how they analyzed 51 studies involving more than 480,000 infants. Maintaining a healthy balance with a Ph reading of 7.4, the organs should work to ensure the blood does not become too acidic or alkaline.

The most common cause of brain damage especially in small or premature babies of hypoxia, poses the risk, especially in small or premature babies. A low pH could mean respiratory problems, with the baby suffering a lack of oxygen. Unborn babies , whose umbilical cord blood had a low pH were 17 times likely to die , 14 times more likely to suffer brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen and more than twice as likely to suffer cerebral palsy.

The Researchers said “Low arterial cord pH showed strong, consistent, and temporal associations with clinically important neonatal outcomes,”. It must be cautiously observed that babies with a low blood pH should be watched closely.