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July 2018 Archives

Negligence in birth injury cases

Texas parents can seek legal recourse if injuries or other forms of medical malpractice occur during the birth of a child. It's important to note that negligence may not be restricted to medical doctors. Other medical personnel and entities, including nurses, health care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, anesthesiologists and more, might be held liable for what occurred during the birth.

Common birth injuries and their treatments

You obviously want your baby to arrive in this world without experiencing any kind of trauma that is not natural and expected. Unfortunately, birth injuries are not unusual for newborns. The good news is that babies are resilient. They are fast healers, and parents can often expect a full recovery from most birth injuries that involve fractures or nerve damage.

Data shows that inducing labor at 39 weeks averts complications

Medical researchers have recently conducted an important study that may be of interest to expecting mothers in Texas. After analyzing a group of healthy first-time mothers, researchers found that those who were artificially stimulated, or induced, at 39 weeks were at a lower risk for birth-related complications than those induced at 41 weeks.

Caffeine and hypothermia to prevent cerebral palsy

Applying therapeutic hypothermia to Texas newborns who have been deprived of oxygen during birth can be an effective preventative treatment against cerebral palsy, according to a review study. The study also found that caffeine administered to preterm newborns who are being weaned from the use of assisted breathing machines can be useful. Newborns who were administered corticosteroids within their first weeks of life in order to prevent chronic lung disease had an increased chance of developing cerebral palsy.

Hypoxia: causes and treatments

Residents of Texas who know that their baby was injured sometime before, during or after delivery may want to learn all they can about a condition called hypoxia. This refers to a lack of oxygen at the tissue level and results in injury to the brain. If the baby is left untreated for too long, it can lead to permanent cognitive deficiencies, cerebral palsy or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.

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