Fetal and neonatal thermoregulation.

  title={Fetal and neonatal thermoregulation.},
  author={Hirobumi Asakura},
  journal={Journal of Nippon Medical School = Nippon Ika Daigaku zasshi},
  volume={71 6},
  • Hirobumi Asakura
  • Published 2004 in
    Journal of Nippon Medical School = Nippon Ika…
The metabolic rate of the fetus per tissue weight is relatively high when compared to that of an adult. Moreover, heat is transferred to the fetus via the placenta and the uterus, resulting in a 0.3 degrees C to 0.5 degrees C higher temperature than that of the mother. Therefore, fetal temperature is maternally dependent until birth. At birth, the neonate rapidly cools in response to the relatively cold extrauterine environment. Thus, the neonatal temperature rapidly drops soon after birth. In… CONTINUE READING
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