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Neonatal Hypoglycaemia Claims
Neonatal hypoglycaemia is a condition that affects babies who suffer brain damage after experiencing dangerously low blood sugar levels. This can occur if the symptoms are not detected and the problem not addressed early enough. If this has happened to your baby because he or she was not closely monitored during the first few days of their life, the experienced team at JMW can help you make a claim for compensation.
Our team is friendly and approachable, and can guide you through what you can expect when making a neonatal hypoglycaemia claim. We understand that going through this process may be emotional and can seem daunting, but we are here to help you at every turn. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as we can.
Low blood sugar is extremely uncommon in healthy people because the body is very good at keeping glucose levels constant in all but the most severe conditions. However, this is not so in the newborn, when the baby has to adapt to a fluctuating supply of glucose (from feeding), rather than a continuous supply from the mother via the placenta.
Most healthy babies will adjust to this change without any problems, but there are certain babies who are at risk of developing dangerously low blood sugar levels that, if undetected and/or untreated, can lead to serious brain damage. This condition is known as neonatal hypoglycaemia. Babies at risk should have their blood sugar levels closely monitored during the first few days of life.
Babies may be at greater risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia if they:
- Are born prematurely
- Suffer illness
- Are small for their gestational age
- Suffer hypothermia
- Suffer asphyxia at birth
- Have a diabetic mother
There is much debate about what constitutes normal blood sugar in the newborn as levels naturally fluctuate during this period. However, there appears to be a consensus that there is little to be gained from screening all newborns. The general view seems to be that blood sugar levels should be maintained at 2.6mmol/l or above.
The clinical signs and symptoms can be quite difficult to recognise as they are often subtle and vary from one infant to another. However, this condition should be considered if a baby has some or all of the following symptoms:
- Poor feeding
- Difficulty maintaining normal body temperature
The expert clinical negligence team at JMW is renowned throughout the legal industry and is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones. Members of the team are on the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.
We always take a professional and proactive approach to every case we take on and will fight your corner throughout. We believe communication is key and will keep you constantly informed as your claim progresses.
If you believe you may be in a position to make a neonatal hypoglycaemia claim, we are able to offer free initial advice and, where appropriate, can act on a no win, no fee basis.