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This type may develop because of Rh disease in the mother. If you are Rh negative and have an Rh positive baby, your immune system attacks your fetus’ red blood cells. This causes anemia. Hydrops can develop if developing baby's organs can't overcome the anemia. The heart starts to fail. Large amounts of fluid build up in the baby's tissues and organs. This type of hydrops is uncommon. Rh negative women are usually treated with Rh immunoglobulin to prevent problems with the baby.
This type includes all other diseases or complications that may interfere with how your baby manages fluid. This is the more common type. Some of the diseases or complications include:
During pregnancy, symptoms may include:
After birth, symptoms may include:
The symptoms of hydrops may look like other health conditions. Make sure your baby sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
In addition to a physical exam, your baby may need these tests:
Treatment of hydrops depends on the cause. During pregnancy, hydrops may be treatable only in certain cases. You may need early delivery. In a newborn baby, treatment may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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