Perinatal Hypoxia and Birth Injuries

The Dangers of Perinatal Hypoxia

Perinatal hypoxia can lead to a host of dangerous conditions, including brain injury, severe seizures, cognitive disabilities,  behavioral disorders, Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, paralysis, and death. In most cases, the effects can be minimized if the child is treated immediately. These effects will usually develop within 48 hours of hypoxia happening.

How Does it Happen?

This condition occurs when your child doesn’t receive enough oxygen to the brain. Some of the most common causes include birth asphyxia, traumatic brain injuries, maternal smoking, and inadequate fetal monitoring. It can also occur as a result of the umbilical cord being pinched or prolapsed. A doctor will be able to determine the exact cause and provide essential care. If the condition was caused by medical malpractice, you might be entitled to compensation. 

What Treatment Should You Consider?

Neonatal therapeutic hypothermia has become an effective treatment for perinatal hypoxia. While hypothermia usually means that the body has experienced a dangerous drop in temperature, it can also be used therapeutically in a controlled setting by a medical professional. When treatment begins within six hours of the child’s birth, the chances of mortality and long-term neurological disorders are cut in half. Speed is key in ensuring the effectiveness of any treatment.

If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to perinatal hypoxia, they will require over $1 million in treatment over the course of their lifetime. You may need to find financial help under these circumstances.