You planned your pregnancy, dealt with all of the stress and discomfort, went through the pain and exhaustion of labor and delivery, and now it’s time to bring your baby home and start life with your expanding family. It’s such an exciting time, but for some, it can be a devastating one. Although everyone hopes for a healthy delivery and healthy baby, this isn’t always the case. Some infants suffer from a birth infection that they acquired during pregnancy, or during or shortly after delivery. Thanks to evolving medical science and an array of antibiotic treatments, most infections are treatable and not life threatening.
However, if a birth infection isn’t diagnosed and treated properly, the consequences could be devastating, and long-term. Although some birth infections are completely unavoidable, some may be the result of a doctor’s negligence or mistake. If your family has been harmed by a birth infection due to a doctor’s mistake, continue reading to learn more or call our offices at (312) 236-2900 for your free consultation with an experienced birth injury attorney.
Common Birth Infections
Your growing fetus or newborn baby does not have a fully developed immune system. That’s why it’s especially important for your medical team to recognize and react appropriately to signs of an infection in a fetus or infant. What may be no big deal for an adult, could be deadly for a baby. One of the most common birth infections comes from the bacteria Group B streptococcus, and is often transmitted from a mother to a developing baby. Other common birth infections include:
- Hepatitis B
- Urinary Tract Infections
Signs of a Birth Infection
Signs that a developing fetus is trying to fight off an infection include pregnancy complications, urinary tract infections, and signs of fetal distress like low or high fetal heart rate or oxygen levels. Newborns may exhibit signs of infection through poor feeding, respiratory difficulties, listlessness, temperature fluctuations, skin rash, or unusual irritability. Your team of doctors and nurses should be acutely aware of your new or developing baby’s needs, and how to respond to them. Without proper treatment, infections can lead to permanent medical complications, and even death.
Preventing Birth Infections
There are many opportunities for a growing or new baby to contract potentially dangerous infections, which means there are many opportunities for medical professionals to prevent this dangerous possibility. Your doctor should be vigilant in your prenatal care, and paying close attention for any signs of infection in you or your fetus. If you have one, properly diagnosing and treating it could be the difference between your baby contracting a birth infection, or not. Additionally, your doctor and hospital staff must also employ best practices while delivering your baby to ensure a sterile environment and keep the risk of infection to a minimum.
If your family has been harmed by a birth infection due to a doctor’s mistake or negligence, we’re here to help. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are ready to give your case the care and diligence it deserves. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t hesitate. Medical malpractice claims have some of the shortest statutes of limitations, and the time to file yours may be running out.