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Should a Kentucky Doctor Be Able to Detect Neonatal E. Coli Earlier?

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Everyone has heard of E. coli. There have been many E. coli outbreaks due to tainted beef, spinach, and other foods we consume. Most people are aware that E. coli can cause food poisoning, but many do not know that E. coli can be passed on to unborn babies, causing serious birth injuries in Northern Kentucky.

Although E. coli is a tiny bacteria, it can cause major illness and even death in some cases. Certain strains of E. coli are toxic and can produce uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
  • Fatigue
  • Severe stomach pain and cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/ Bloody feces
  • Low-grade fever
If a pregnant woman has E. coli, doctors should take preventive measures to decrease the chance that it will be passed onto the baby. Most of the time, this type of infection can be treated with medicine and antibiotics. This is why maternal testing is critical to the health of the expectant mother as well as the unborn baby.

If the baby is born with neonatal E. coli, it can cause meningitis. The newborn will typically display signs of fussiness, listlessness, fever, rashes, breathing problems, and lack of interest in feeding. If doctors suspect the infant has an infection, then they should perform a spinal tap or other tests on the newborn to be certain.

An infant with an infection should be treated properly and should spend a lengthy time in the hospital receiving the best medical care. When this is not done or a doctor has not caught the infection in a timely manner, medical malpractice may be to blame.

If your child suffered a Northern Kentucky birth injury, please call the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to find out how to seek justice. You can speak with one of our knowledgeable and caring Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys in a free consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 today.
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