Neonatal Asphyxia occurs when infant doesn’t get oxygen. It can cause severe loss of oxygen to infant’s brain, which can injure brain cell causing HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy).
The brain damage can cause mental and physical disabilities like cerebral palsy, seizure and developmental delays.
Every year, roughly 10 to 60% of babies with HIE die in the newborn period. At least 25% of babies with HIE with delayed treatment suffer neuro development. It is advised to treat babies within 6 hours from birth.