Baby Diseases

Unfortunately, individuals have diseases that could not be prevented. Whether a baby is born with a disease or contracts one later on, there is always the possibility that it was out of anyone's control. In some circumstances, however, newborns contract diseases due to a hospital's lack of care or a doctor's failure to properly diagnose and prepare the mother for any diseases her new baby may be faced with.

In some cases, newborn disease could have been prevented. If you feel your newborn contracted any baby diseases due to a medical professional’s lack of care, contact our Birth Trauma Attorneys today.

Common diseases amongst newborn babies include but are not limited to:

  • Epilepsy
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Eczema
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Measles
  • Diphtheria
  • Heart Disease

When the heart muscle tissue becomes infected with diseases known as Cardiomyopathies, it can often result in heart failure. Many times, this is caused by mutations, or genetic defects. When a baby's genetics can lead to some type of mutation or disease, the mother should be made fully aware of this while she is pregnant and while she still has options. Sadly, many newborns with specific heart diseases wind up passing away within the first few weeks of their lives. A doctor's failure to warn a mother ahead of time of these possibilities may be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

There are other diseases, ranging from mild to severe, that a newborn baby may not be born with but may contract soon after being born, before the baby even leaves the hospital. Especially if a baby's immune system is already weak, they may be prone to diseases and getting very ill so it is the responsibility of the medical staff to make sure everything is properly cleaned and sanitized and that the baby is protected from contracting any diseases that may be present in the hospital.