What Happens When a New York Doctor Fails to Treat Your Baby’s Jaundice

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Newborn jaundice is typically easy to treat and results in no significant long-term harm. However, when jaundice is not properly diagnosed or treated, the long-term effects can be severe, and it is important to contact a New York birth injury lawyer.

Proper treatment for newborn jaundice begins with a proper diagnosis. The National Institutes of Health recommend that all newborns be tested for jaundice at least every 8-12 hours for the first day of life. Those results will prompt further testing if jaundice is suspected.

If jaundice is diagnosed then treatment may include keeping the baby well hydrated to help remove bilirubin and use of special lights or phototherapy to promote the breakdown of bilirubin. In severe cases, blood transfusions or IV treatment may be required.

If a New York doctor failed to treat your child's jaundice then the high bilirubin levels associated with jaundice may cause*:
  • Cerebral Palsy.
  • Deafness.
  • Kernicterus (brain damage caused by high bilirubin levels).

The failure to diagnose and treat newborn jaundice may be medical malpractice. If your child has suffered a birth injury because of the failure to diagnose or treat jaundice, please contact an experienced New York birth injury attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to discuss your child's potential legal recovery.

*Source: U.S. Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus, Newborn Jaundice

Category: Severe Newborn Jaundice

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