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Jaundice is a somewhat common challenge that babies face during the earliest days of their lives. About 60% to 80% of children have jaundice when they are born. Jaundice occurs when a newborn’s liver does not process bilirubin properly. Jaundice occurs when a newborn's liver does not process bilirubin properly because it's not yet fully developed. This is not a sign of disease. During pregnancy, a mother’s liver handles bilirubin processing. The baby’s liver eventually processes the buildup of bilirubin and the symptoms of jaundice typically dissipate.

However, in some instances, the bilirubin builds to dangerous levels in the infant’s blood. Kernicterus is a condition that occurs when bilirubin in the blood infiltrates deep into the brain. When severe jaundice is not treated, babies are at high risk of kernicterus, which causes brain damage.

The problems associated with Kernicterus include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Limited eye movements
  • Stained teeth
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy
  • Intellectual disabilities

Signs of Kernicterus

Babies with excessive bilirubin buildup are often difficult to wake up. In other cases, they will not go to sleep at all. High bilirubin levels are also indicated by a loss of appetite, fussiness, and infrequent urination and defecation. If a baby won’t stop crying, is stiff or limp, moves their eye strangely, or arches their body, they need emergency medical attention.

When a baby has signs of jaundice, the doctor or medical staff should monitor their bilirubin levels. If treated properly, jaundice should never cause brain damage. Because kernicterus is preventable with even the most severe cases of jaundice, brain damage is a sign of neglect on the part of the medical staff in charge of your child’s health.

Find Kernicterus Attorneys Near You Today

If your baby developed kernicterus while under medical supervision, it’s important that you act immediately to hold your medical providers accountable. The medical staff’s failure to protect your child makes them ethically, legally, and financially responsible for the consequences. Your baby deserves the best possible chance at a normal life, and that requires resources—your hospital knows that, and they should be made to pay for your child’s needs.

Birth Injury Guide can help you find the best legal help available nationwide. Our database of attorneys is curated to help families easily find the best birth injury attorneys in their area. Often, many are led to believe that they can’t afford legal help—this is not true for birth injury cases. Medical malpractice attorneys only get paid if they obtain a financial settlement or verdict on your behalf. This practice enables families of all income levels to get the world-class representation their babies deserve.

Your family deserves the best legal help during this difficult time. Call Birth Injury Guide today at (844) 243-9993 or fill out our online form today to begin the recovery process.

Common Risk Factors that Lead to Birth Injuries

If you experienced one of these issues during birth and your child is showing symptoms, you might have a case. Call (844) 243-9993 today.
  • Larger Babies

    When a baby is disproportionately large relative to the due date or the size of the mother.  

  • Premature Birth

    Babies born prior to 37 Weeks are at a heightened risk of birth injury and often have complicated medical problems. 

  • Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

    Size and/or shape of mother's pelvis was not adequate for baby to be born vaginally.

  • Hypoxia

    Occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen to it's brain, before, during or after delivery. This can lead to a variety of severe brain injuries. 

  • Prolonged Labor

    Labors lasting longer than 20+ hours can cause HIE, cerebral palsy, infection, sepsis, meningitis and many other issues to the baby. 

  • Abnormal Birth Position

    Babies born face first, feet first or buttocks first are at risk as the baby could become stuck in the birth canal. 

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