A newborn baby must start breathing independently and take its first breath within 10 seconds of delivery.
As soon as a baby is born, it has to transition quickly from life inside the uterus to life outside. The newborn must start breathing independently, because it can no longer take oxygen from the placenta. A baby takes its first breath within 10 seconds of delivery. However, in some cases, the baby faces difficulty taking its first breath. Those attending the delivery may not hear the much awaited first cry and this can be very intimidating for the parents. Failure to resuscitate promptly can lead to birth injuries.
Breathing Complications in Newborns
Around 10 percent of newborns require some help to begin breathing and less than 1 percent need significant help. While some babies may simply need drying, warming, and stimulating, others may need the assistance of a ventilator, medications, or chest compressions.
Failure to Resuscitate
The baby might need help in taking the first breath for several reasons. Regardless of the reason, the key is to quickly provide necessary help right after delivery. Any delay can cause permanent brain damage. It is important that every delivery is attended by someone whose primary responsibility is the baby and this person should be capable of performing neonatal resuscitation, including delivery of chest compressions and administration of oxygen. Someone with advanced skills to perform complete resuscitation should also be promptly available in case administration of medications or endotracheal intubation is required.
Some newborn babies who will need resuscitation after delivery can be identified even before birth. When the need for neonatal resuscitation is anticipated, the necessary equipment should be kept prepared and trained personnel made available in the delivery room. If no trained personnel or equipment is available or the equipment is not functional, a delay in resuscitation can lead to birth asphyxia and permanent brain damage.
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
If your baby has suffered an injury because the attending doctors failed to identify the need for resuscitation or failed to administer resuscitation promptly, you may have a claim. Discuss your case with a Chicago birth injury lawyer, who can review all the facts of your case. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.