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Doctors must recognize blood-type issues to avoid birth injuries

| Aug 16, 2019 | birth injuries

Texans who are expecting a child will be excited about the future. As they take the necessary steps to plan for the birth, they are placing significant trust in the medical professionals caring for the expectant mother and unborn baby. Unfortunately, this trust can be misplaced and errors can happen. In some cases, these errors result in birth injuries that can have a lasting impact on the child’s life. Testing procedures must be followed. If they are not and something goes wrong, medical professionals should be held accountable.

One commonly worrisome issue is Rhesus incompatibility. Rhesus (Rh) protein factors are a key part of understanding if health problems can happen. If there is a difference between the mother and the unborn child’s Rh, it is incompatible. If the baby is found to be Rh-negative, it means there is an absence of that protein.

The mother being Rh-negative and the baby being Rh-positive will result in the woman’s system responding to it with defense mechanisms. Antibodies will be created to destroy the perceived foreign substance from the unborn baby. Doctors should recognize the signs of Rh incompatibility as it can be a serious and even life-threatening health concern. The baby will have a high level of bilirubin indicating a liver issue. The baby might be jaundiced, lethargic and show low muscle tone.

Treating the symptoms of Rh incompatibility will likely resolve it, making it imperative that medical professionals properly diagnose it and act accordingly. A newborn’s entire future hinges on receiving the proper medical care. If there are mistakes and the baby is harmed, it is vital to have experienced legal help to determine if medical malpractice was the cause of the birth injury.