The birth of a child is meant to be an exciting time filled with happiness. Oregon mothers often look forward to taking their child home where they can start their new lives together. However, a birth injury can cut that happiness short and leave a child with a serious injury, including permanent disability which may require long-term care. While many of these injuries occur during the delivery process, a new study has found a failure to run tests after the child's birth can be deadly.
When a child is born, the hospital is typically required to run tests on the newborn baby's blood to check for rare genetic disorders. Galactosemia, for example, is a disorder where a baby is unable to process galactose, a sugar present in milk. If the disease is not caught by blood tests, the child may be unable to process the galactose in breast milk or formula, resulting in the buildup of toxins. These toxins, in turn, can cause brain damage in a matter of days.