Jaundice and hyperbilirubinemia are common conditions in newborns and infants. Jaundice can occur in up to 60 percent of babies after birth and about 80 percent of premature babies. During pregnancy, the placenta excretes the excess bilirubin protein. Once a baby is born, their liver must take on the task of excreting the excess bilirubin. There are a variety of reasons why a baby’s liver might not immediately start removing the excess protein from their bodies. The important thing is that the condition gets immediately diagnosed and treated. Even though this is a very common and treatable condition, without proper intervention, it can lead to brain and neurological damage.

Jaundice and Kernicterus

If the excess bilirubin is not excreted from the baby’s body, it can build up deposits in brain tissue. Kernicterus can cause serious mental and neurological impairments. Babies with untreated hyperbilirubinemia are at risk for developing kernicterus or cerebral palsy. If the brain is damaged due to excess bilirubin protein, the infant could suffer from paralysis, neurological impairments, learning disabilities, cognitive dysfunction, deafness, loss of vision or a plethora of other very difficult lifelong disabilities. If your child suffered from kernicterus due to hyperbilirubinemia, you need to get with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case.

Monitoring Newborns for Hyperbilirubinemia

The number-one way to prevent hyperbilirubinemia and any potential complications with excess bilirubin protein in the body is through appropriate monitoring. Babies should have their blood tested after birth, and within a day or two of leaving the hospital. This ensures doctors and health care teams can be on top of any developing issues, especially one that is so important to recognize and treat immediately. If a baby has an abnormal test result, the medical team can monitor the situation closely. Parents are also encouraged to keep an eye out for any yellowing of the child’s skin or complexion, which can often start at the top of the head and move down.

Injuries Associated With Untreated Hyperbilirubinemia

If left untreated, hyperbilirubinemia can lead to brain damage, neurological damage and other conditions associated with the excess protein buildup in the body. Untreated, babies can develop kernicterus, cerebral palsy, seizures and other injuries. Children who don’t get immediate and appropriate intervention are at risk for permanent disabilities and brain damage. This is a common and treatable condition, so doctors, pediatricians and medical professionals need to know the proper testing and monitoring protocol for their tiny patients.

Jaundice and Brain Damage

Brain damage and other outcomes related to neurological damage are extremely common in cases of untreated jaundice in babies. While many people have heard of jaundice or may have known somebody who has it, babies, who might only be a day or a few days old, can be in serious danger if not diagnosed and treated immediately. If your child suffers from brain damage or neurological disorders due to untreated jaundice, you could be looking at a lifetime of very expensive medical and care costs. A personal injury lawyer can be your advocate and help to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after negligence in the delivery room.

Immediate Diagnosis and Treatment

With immediate diagnosis and treatment, jaundice and hyperbilirubinemia can swiftly be addressed in tiny newborn babies. In most cases, the baby will be put under a special UV blue light. In more serious cases, it may be necessary for doctors to conduct a blood transfusion on the baby. If the baby was treated for jaundice, it’s important to make sure follow up tests and appointments are scheduled and completed to make sure bilirubin levels don’t go up again.

Jackson Hyperbilirubinemia Birth Injury Lawyer

Jaundice is a condition that happens to many newborns. It shouldn’t be a death sentence or lead to a lifetime of disabilities. With immediate diagnosis and treatment, your baby should not be at risk for suffering permanent brain damage or some other type of irreversible injury. If you’re concerned that negligence or a lack of appropriate monitoring caused your baby’s injury, you need to get with a personal injury attorney with proven birth injury case experience as soon as possible. The birth of a child is a joyous time for families. The last thing you should be worrying about is how you’re going to pay medical bills. Let your lawyer handle the details, while you focus on your new baby.

If your child has suffered from hyperbilirubinemia, jaundice, kernicterus or some other type of injury associated with negligent care or monitoring at a hospital in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Birth Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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