Around 60% of newborns are born with some degree of jaundice. Jaundice, or a yellowing of the baby’s skin, occurs when the newborn baby’s liver cannot remove bilirubin from its body quickly enough.
Prior to birth, the placenta is responsible for removing bilirubin from your baby’s body; therefore, after birth, the baby’s liver becomes solely responsible for filtering out bilirubin. If the liver is not able to remove the bilirubin fast enough, it could lead to hyperbilirubinemia.
Hyperbilirubinemia occurs when the levels of bilirubin in the baby’s body becomes toxic. The high levels of bilirubin can lead to, among other things, bilirubin induced neurological dysfunction (BIND), bilirubin induced encephalopathy, kernicterus, and cerebral palsy.
The hospital where you delivered your baby should monitor your newborn’s bilirubin levels. If your baby is not properly monitored, it could lead to permanent brain injury or some other severe disability.
The Talaska Law Firm has over two decades of experience representing families whose children have been injured due to physician or hospital negligence. If your child has experienced hyperbilirubinemia or any other condition which has led to injury or disability, contact the experienced lawyers at The Talaska Law firm.
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