Of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, 6 to 8 of them are born with a birth injury. That means that approximately 1 in every 9,714 people in the U.S. is born with a birth injury. Some of the most common injuries include Brachial Plexus Palsy, bone fractures, asphyxia, hemorrhage, and spinal cord injuries. Another, less common, yet preventable birth injury is infant Chorioamnionitis.
Causes of Chorioamnionitis
Maternal infection is the primary reason for developing Chorioamnionitis. The bacteria that causes this maternal infection includes anaerobic bacteria, E. coli, and group B streptococci. Prenatal care is crucial for preventing this infection. Group B Strep testing is part of routine prenatal care, as is testing urine for protein.
Additionally, the mother should inform her doctor if she experiences fever, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or uterine tenderness. An increase in the mother’s white blood cell count may also be a red flag for the prenatal doctor to check for infection.
There are risk factors that may make a mother more susceptible to this type of infection. Some of those risk factors include:
- Mother is young; typically under the age of 21
- First pregnancies
- Membrane rupture some time before birth
- A long, stressful labor
- A long period of uterine fetal monitoring
Characteristics of a Baby with Chorioamnionitis
Babies born with Chorioamnionitis may display the following symptoms:
- Weak cries, poor sucking, and fatigue
- Pulmonary problems, such as respiratory distress
- Stomach issues including diarrhea and vomiting
- Pale or splotchy skin
What Is the Treatment for Chorioamnionitis?
The infection must be diagnosed immediately, and the baby must be given antibiotics, to avoid serious complications. If the infection is not treated promptly, the baby could suffer from sepsis, meningitis, and severe respiratory problems. Babies may also develop pneumonia and brain complications. The key to preventing permanent injury to the baby is comprehensive prenatal care for the mother including screenings and treatment for infection. Also, timely and complete care of the baby may be necessary to prevent long-term damaged.
Houston Chorioamnionitis Attorney
Chelsie King Garza is a mother of two. She understands the need for good prenatal care and proper care of the baby after delivery. If your child was injured due to the neglect of a doctor, contact Chelsie King Garza for a free consultation today.