How to Detect Maternal Infection
For pregnant women, the risk of infection is not only dangerous for the mother, but also for the health of the baby. The immune system may not be as strong as it was and viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi can all cause infection during maternity. When this happens, rubella, chicken pox, urinary tract infection, hepatitis B virus, toxoplasmosis, syphilis, and Group B Strep can all occur. These can be detrimental to both the mother and the baby.
In order to help detect maternal infection, it is important to follow these steps:
- Recognize the symptoms: By discussing the possible symptoms with your doctor, you may be able to catch the infection before it becomes a serious matter.
- Call your doctor immediately: If you recognize the symptoms of a possible infection, call a medical professional to seek treatment as soon as possible.
- Follow treatment options: If the doctor diagnoses an infection and gives you treatment options, it is best to follow through in order to protect yourself and your baby.
It is important to understand how you can contract these infections such as transmission through airborne, foodborne, or waterborne sources, as well as intercourse and bloodborne transmission.
Unfortunately, there are times when some medical professionals misdiagnose an infection or don’t provide proper treatment. If this is the case, the baby may be born with defects. Your doctor should diagnose and treat you correctly because of the dangers present for both you and the baby. When they don’t, this can be considered negligence and you may have a medical malpractice case for the birth injury.
At Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago birth injury lawyers prioritize the protection of clients who have experienced misdiagnosis or ill care for maternal infections. You or your baby shouldn’t have to suffer because of the negligence of a medical professional. We offer free case evaluations in order to better understand your situation and explain your legal options. If your child has a birth injury, it is important to act fast to seek compensation.