Has your baby been diagnosed with kernicterus?
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In roughly 1 out of 100,000 cases, excessive levels of bilirubin in the blood can lead a baby to develop Kernicterus
Should your baby suffer from kernicterus, there are a number of short and long-term effects they may face:
The presence and severity of symptoms can vary, often according to how quickly the condition is diagnosed and treated by medical staff. Where medical negligence can be shown to have contributed to or exacerbated the effects of kernicterus it can have a significant influence on your compensation claim.
Whilst it is true that the majority of cases of newborn jaundice do not require treatment, babies should always be monitored to ensure that symptoms do not persist beyond the usual 10-14 day period. Premature babies are at greater risk of developing kernicterus and warrant even closer supervision.
Where testing shows that your baby has abnormally high levels of bilirubin, two primary treatment methods could and should be employed to prevent Kernicterus:
Babies are known to respond well to these forms of treatment in the vast majority of cases, allowing for them to be discharged from the hospital within a few days. In light of this, cases of kernicterus are considered largely preventable – meaning the likelihood of medical negligence having occurred where it is discovered is elevated. This will likely have a bearing on any prospective compensation claim made by the families of babies who suffer from the condition.