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Protective mechanism for the fetus. Functions to maintain a constant temperature for the fetus. Increases in amount as the pregnancy matures. The fetus typically ingests 600 ml of amniotic fluid every 24 hour period and produces urine that is part of the total amount of amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid consists of albumin, creatinine, urea, uric acid, lecithin, sphingomyelin, bilirubin, fat, fructose, leukocytes, protein, enzymes, and epithelial cells. Amniotic fluid flows freely throughout the fetal lungs at a rate of 400 ml daily. Ruptured membranes or leaking of amniotic fluid is one of the first signs of impending labor and birth.
child's behavior who has experienced abuse.
exhibit behaviors such as aggression, and/or pulling back. often express fright with the home environment and/or the individual who is abusing them. Display apprehensive behavior when they witness episodes of weeping among other children. Often display no emotion with parents. With any display of affection the abused child may become friendly, and interested in the individual. Often avoid eye contact. Will also show signs of rigidity when they are approached, and may have inappropriate responses to painful procedures.