Watching for the Symptoms of Neonatal Sepsis Is Key for Early Treatment to Prevent More Complications
If a baby has developed neonatal sepsis, he is suffering from a very serious bacterial infection in his bloodstream that can travel all over his body. If not caught quickly and treated, neonatal sepsis can cause seizures, meningitis, septic shock, brain injury, and cerebral palsy. That is why it is crucial that the baby’s doctor and nurses understand the warning signs of this infection and start treatment promptly.
This infection is often passed by the mother, who has the bacteria in her system, to her baby during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Often the mother will not have any signs of infection and have no idea that she has passed it onto her baby.
Ten Symptoms of Neonatal Sepsis
There are a number of risk factors that make a baby more susceptible to contracting neonatal sepsis, including a traumatic or premature delivery, early rupture of the amniotic sac, lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain shortly before and after delivery, and a low birth weight. Signs that a baby has developed this infection include:
- Seizures and/or jaundice
- Breathing problems ranging from mildly fast breathing to respiratory failure
- Needing a ventilator for assistance breathing and increased usage of it
- Apnea where breathing stops for 20 seconds or more and the episodes of this increase in frequency
- Trouble tolerating feeding
- Temperature instability
- Low blood pressure or poor circulation
- Bluish skin color or feeling cool to the touch
- Not producing much urine
- Neurological changes, such as irritability, lethargy, and non-responsiveness
If your baby’s doctor and other medical care providers failed to recognize these symptoms of neonatal sepsis and your baby suffered injuries, your baby could have a claim of medical malpractice that you will need to pursue for him. It is important that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to not miss the time period for bringing a lawsuit. Call our experienced legal team at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn about your legal options.
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