Low Blood Pressure
What causes low blood pressure? Low blood pressure, or hypotension, is a relatively common complication that may occur shortly after birth. It refers to poor circulatory function which results in inadequate blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. In a newborn, low blood pressure can be due to infection, blood loss, fluid loss, or medications given to the mother before delivery.
Is low blood pressure dangerous? It's not dangerous if it's treated early. Low blood pressure can impair the body's ability to circulate its nutrients and clean its wastes. It can also result in heart problems if left untreated.
How is low blood pressure treated? Low blood pressure is usually treated with medication or by increasing fluid intake intravenously. Infants with low blood pressure due to blood loss may be given a blood transfusion.