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Canotila
09-28-2010, 09:30 AM
I need a simple, fairly common condition or cause of death for a newborn baby. He needs to be born alive, and then pass away after a minute or so. His mother needs to survive without complications.

He's born in a nomadic tent city with very low tech. Medical intervention is limited to shamans chanting and that sort of thing, so no help for him.

Maybe I'm over thinking this. I looked up blue baby syndrome, but it wasn't clear exactly how long children with that condition last without medical intervention. Mainly I need to know because I don't know how to describe him and what happens. If he's a blue baby, mom is going to know something is very wrong when she sees him, vs. if he looks normal and then expires.

mgencleyn
09-28-2010, 11:32 AM
Wikipedia lists some of the most common new born deaths in their article on infant mortality (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant_mortality):



Diarrheal diseases (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarrheal_diseases)
Rotavirus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotavirus)
Pneumonia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumonia)
Pneumococcal disease (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumococcal_disease)

Infant mortality is defined as the number of infant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant) deaths (one year of age or younger) per 1000 live births. Traditionally, the most common cause worldwide was dehydration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydration) from diarrhea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarrhea). However, the spreading information about Oral Rehydration Solution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_Rehydration_Solution) (a mixture of salts, sugar, and water) to mothers around the world has decreased the rate of children dying from dehydration. Currently, the most common cause is pneumonia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumonia). Other causes of infant mortality include: malnutrition, malaria, congenital malformation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_malformation), infection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infection) and SIDS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_infant_death_syndrome).

For a developed country, look at the subsection in that article under United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant_mortality#United_States).

This has some possibilities for quick death.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Infant_mortality_rates_in_US.gif
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Infant_mortality_rates_in_US.gif)

Thump
09-28-2010, 12:05 PM
Maybe a congenital heart problem? Maybe he has a weak aorta and the birth causes a tear and internal bleeding? It would be invisible and the baby would probably die very quickly after birth...

waylander
09-28-2010, 12:41 PM
Umbilical cord around the child's neck.
Born at less than 30 weeks gestation with immature lungs and so can't breathe

Tsu Dho Nimh
09-29-2010, 06:09 AM
I need a simple, fairly common condition or cause of death for a newborn baby. He needs to be born alive, and then pass away after a minute or so. His mother needs to survive without complications.

He's born in a nomadic tent city with very low tech. Medical intervention is limited to shamans chanting and that sort of thing, so no help for him.

Any of several heart or lung defects will do it.

Example:
No lungs! Never takes a first breath. Dies within a few minutes
malformed heart - survives a few minutes to hours, dies very cyanotic because of lack of oxugenated blood flow*
some neurological defects - never breathes

*"blue baby" was one of the heart defects.

If it's low tech, the reason doesn't have to be given. He "just dies".

Cyia
09-29-2010, 07:37 AM
A child born with anacephaly. They literally have no brain other than the brain stem. It's not exactly common, but can be caused by amoeba in unsanitary water (there have been cases along the Rio Grande with people who use the river water). The child will usually expire shortly after death unless kept alive mechanically, but will look like a normal birth.

Canotila
09-29-2010, 08:15 AM
Thanks everyone! It sounds like a heart defect should work fine. Mainly I wanted to know in my own mind what it was, so I could describe what she sees accurately.