Hypoglycemia Birth Injury Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis birth injury attorneys know when newborns suffer from hypoglycemia, a condition in which their blood sugar, or glucose, level is lower than the standard range, it can cause the brain to function abnormally by shutting down bodily functions it deems unnecessary.
Hypoglycemia must be diagnosed early to ensure that there are no more serious issues involved during pregnancy or labor. Undiagnosed hypoglycemia in infants can cause significant health risks due to the loss of cognitive function, liver or pancreatic problems, and diabetes mellitus.
If your physician has failed to diagnose or properly treat hypoglycemia in you or your baby, contact our Missouri medical malpractice attorney today to learn how we can help you hold the at-fault party liable for your and/or the baby’s injuries.
What Causes Hypoglycemia in Newborns?
Mothers who suffer from hypoglycemia or diabetes have a higher risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, stillbirth, fetal macrosomia, and congenital malformation when the physician does not treat their condition properly.
When hypoglycemia transfers to newborns, it is often caused by the failure to properly control the mother’s diabetes, which could be the fault of her OB/GYN or another medical professional.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia during pregnancy include:
- Hot Flashes
- Anxiety Attacks
- Intense Hunger
- Vision Trouble
- Sudden Irritability
If your OB/GYN or another medical professional failed to respond to your dipping glucose levels — which range between 60 and 100 mg/dl — a lower number could deprive the body’s cells of a vital energy source.
When physicians ignore the mother’s complaints of hypoglycemia, fail to perform the proper blood work to confirm her condition, or identify the child’s low blood sugar after birth, severe birth injuries can result. We can help you determine who is at fault for your or your child’s injuries, so you can both get the help you need to recover.
How Do I Know If My Child Suffered a Hypoglycemia Birth Injury?
The signs of hypoglycemia during infancy are subtle and nonspecific, and may include jitteriness, hypothermia, lethargy, poor feeding habits, irritability, and hypotonia. Additional signs may include children who are not reaching developmental milestones that correspond to their ages.
If you believe your child has suffered birth injuries from hypoglycemia, the damage will often be revealed during an MRI as “diffuse lesions” in the brain. Seek medical care right away to ensure he or she is diagnosed properly, then contact our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.