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Brain Cooling Technique for Newborns

Reducing the Effects of a Brain Injury

A new technique is being used in hospitals on newborns called brain cooling. When there are indications that a brain injury has occurred during the birth process, a special water cooled cap or blanket is placed on the newborn to reduce the body temperature by a few degrees. This process is called therapeutic hypothermia and is administered for three days. A brain injury can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain and in cooling the baby's body temperature, it reduces the brain's need for oxygen and lessens the severity of an injury. It allows the body to try to repair itself.

Cerebral palsy is a common result of lack of oxygen to a newborn's brain. This technique has shown success in reducing the impact of a deprivation of oxygen. It is critical that brain cooling begins within 6 hours of birth. Medical malpractice can not only cause your child to suffer a birth injury, but can also be demonstrated in neglecting to treat your baby with a technique such as brain cooling, should the need arise. To answer any questions that you may have concerning the legal aspect of your baby's injury, consult with a California birth injury lawyer without delay.

California Birth Injury Attorney

At Bostwick & Peterson LLP, we know that you may not instantly detect a birth injury but in the event that one comes to light, we urge you to retain our services immediately. Having your newborn suffer an injury caused by the negligence of another can be heartbreaking. Your baby's quality of life can be hampered and you may face steep medical bills trying to resolve health issues that someone else caused.

We have over 60 years of successful experience protecting the rights of personal injury and medical malpractice clients and have collected over $500 million dollars in compensation for them. We would like to be of service to your family during this difficult time.

Contact a California medical malpractice attorney if your injured newborn was not offered effective medical care, such as brain cooling, and you want to know your legal rights.

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