Maternal water intoxication as a cause of neonatal seizures
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2004
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 40, Issue 12, pages 709–710, December 2004
How to Cite
West, C. and Harding, J. (2004), Maternal water intoxication as a cause of neonatal seizures. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40: 709–710. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00516.x
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2004
- Accepted for publication 13 October 2003.
Abstract: A term infant was admitted at 6 h of age with seizures related to hyponatraemia. During the last hours of labour the infant's mother had drunk 3 L of water. After delivery the serum sodium was 121 mmol/L in the mother and 126 mmol/L in the infant. Both resolved spontaneously. We discuss this case and the impact of maternal fluid intake during labour on the fetus and neonate. Women should be advised that excessive oral fluid intake during labour could adversely affect both mother and infant.