What is Birth Asphyxia?
Birth asphyxia, also known as neonatal or perinatal asphyxia, is a condition where a newborn baby does not get sufficient oxygen at the time of birth. This lack of oxygen can lead to a build up of acids in the cells and cause temporary or permanent physical damage to the infant’s brain. It happens in about four of every 1,000 full-term births.
What Causes Birth Asphyxia?
Poor flow of oxygen at birth may occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Too little oxygen in the mother’s blood before or during birth
- Umbilical cord around the baby’s head
- Failing to do a C-Section quickly
- Very long or difficult delivery
- Infection in the mother or baby
- High or low blood pressure in the mother
- Umbilical cord problems during delivery
- Blocked or malformation in the baby’s airway
- Anemia in the baby
What Are the Symptoms of Birth Asphyxia?
At birth, your doctors and nurses will check your baby’s condition, which is when they may notice signs of neonatal asphyxia. These include:
- Skin that is pale or blue
- The baby is not breathing
- Low heart rate
- High amounts of acid in the blood
- The baby is having seizures
- Amniotic fluid is stained with meconium (stool)
Can This Condition be Treated?
If your baby has mild asphyxia, he or she will be given breathing support and will be closely monitored until he or she is able to breathe well enough alone. Babies with more serious asphyxia may need brain cooling, respiratory therapy, a breathing machine, and/or medicine to control blood pressure.
In some cases, the damage caused by asphyxia may become permanent, developing into long-term conditions like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, developmental delays, motor disorders, learning disorders and other intellectual disabilities. The specific effects depend on what part of the brain has been impacted and to what severity.
How Can Thurswell Law Help?
Thurswell Law has a group of leading birth asphyxia attorneys to get you and your child the justice you need and deserve by fighting hospitals and insurance companies on your behalf. We have been assisting families since 1968, with the goal that you experience no additional pain and suffering; this is why we never charge a fee unless we recover money for your child. If your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury as a result of asphyxia at the time of birth, call us today for a free consultation 248-354-2222