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Hypoglycaemia Mistakes - Birth Injury Claims

Low blood sugar in newborn babies in the first few days of life is known as hypoglycaemia, for example, babies need blood sugar (glucose) for energy and most of that glucose is used by the newborn brain. Too little glucose may impair the brains ability to function.

Before birth your baby would have had a continuous supply of glucose from you via the placenta. After birth your baby will no longer have that continuous supply and will be reliant upon your milk, or formula to top up the glucose produced by the liver, and so the glucose levels can drop.

Your medical team would be expected to recognise high risk pregnancies i.e., those babies that are more likely to develop hypoglycaemia, for example those babies that are born to diabetic mothers, small for gestational age or are growth-restricted, or premature and have a low birth weight.

They would also be expected to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia in a newborn baby. However, lack of symptoms does not mean that a baby does not have hypoglycaemia and the simple blood test (heel prick) carried out immediately after birth for blood glucose levels can diagnose hypoglycaemia.

Hypoglycaemia is a common disorder in newborns and failure by your medical team to recognise signs of hypoglycaemia can cause devastating and irreversible brain damage which is easily identified and entirely preventable by simply giving your baby extra feeds, or possibly an intravenous glucose solution.

How can a solicitor help you?

Your child may have suffered brain damage as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat neonatal hypoglycaemia in a timely manner for which there is no cure. However, there are treatments and therapies available that can help families’ mange the impact of brain damage (cerebral palsy) symptoms such as spasticity, improving communication skills and finding other ways to do things.

We understand that caring for a child with a brain injury is both stressful and demanding and can have a severe strain on the financial, psychological and physical health of the whole family.

Our medical negligence team are recognised experts in conducting brain injury claims and with the involvement of specialists such as care and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational and psychological experts, and accommodation experts, we will help you to secure a financial settlement that will provide both financial security and a care package that will ensure that all of your child's care needs will be met for life which will improve you and your child’s quality of life.

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