How to Protect Your Newborn from Birth Injuries

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. The greatest day of their lives becomes the most tragic when something goes wrong during the birth. Their new child is injured or dies, and worst of all, it could all have been prevented.

Horrible as that sounds, it happens every day. After getting the relief of knowing no genetic birth defects exist, most parents breath a sigh of relief, at least until they realize there is yet another risk ahead. Birth injuries can cause long-term damage and can ruin lives. They can be expensive. They may also require the involvement of birth injury lawyers.

So, what can be done to avoid the situation outright? Well, of course, nothing is one hundred percent effective. There is always the chance something could go wrong. But that doesn’t mean steps can’t be taken to minimize the risk.

On the one hand, some personal steps can be taken to ensure your health is the best it can be. That means sleeping as much as possible (always difficult during pregnancy, but get as much rest as possible). It also means eating well, drinking enough water, getting as much exercise as you can. Watch your weight (not to the point you are afraid to gain what you need to gain, but keep extra pounds to a minimum) and keep a close eye on any medical issues you may have (such as diabetes).

At the same time, avoid all the things your doctor tells you to. That means no alcohol (even if studies are inconclusive about having a little here and there), no smoking, no drugs of any sorts. In essence, you want to be living the healthiest life you possibly can from the moment you become pregnant until after the birth. Ideally, you’ll continue those practices afterward as well, but for the purposes of this article, at least continue them through the birth.

Other steps you can take would be regular prenatal care. That means seeing your doctor often. Ask all the questions you have and report any symptoms you feel are odd. Don’t feel embarrassed or like you need to cut it short. If you have to hold the doctor for an extra five minutes in order to make sure everything is answered, that is fine.

Finally, make sure you have a doctor you trust. Is your doctor experienced? Do they seem to know what they’re talking about? Do they have a strong record? Have they been highly recommended? Ask around and read reviews. If you are at all unsure, find another doctor.

These steps won’t ensure nothing goes wrong during the birth, but they can definitely minimize any risk. That is all you can ever do as a parent. Simply minimize the risk as much as possible and know you are doing the best you can.

A final word. While all these steps should be taken, try to worry as little as possible. It’s a scary possibility to add on to an already scary situation, but remember that stress is bad for the baby and for you and that the vast vast majority of pregnancies go off without a hitch!

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When Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies Commit Mistakes

A doctor is always the person to turn to whenever someone’s life is threatened by a serious illness. With all his/her training and deep knowledgeable about the human body, health and medicinal products, plus his/her access to so many modern medical devices, doctors would only naturally be thought of as definitely capable of providing the needed effective treatment for any type of illness. However, reality shows otherwise and, rather than just a big number of doctors causing new health problems than providing medical solutions, it is obvious that there is another source of problem, probably something bigger than doctors that the government and the medical community need to focus on – pharmaceutical firms.

Though more than 750,000 deaths due to poor medical care are recorded in the U.S. every year. These include: unnecessary prescriptions; people being subjected to surgical procedures which are actually not needed; and, people being confined in hospitals despite this not really being necessary. These are clearly doctor errors. More cases, however, are recorded which involve adverse effects of prescription drugs or medical devices. These are usually due to drugs that have not been fully tested, yet are claimed safe and effective by their manufacturers.

Pharmaceutical companies know that they have a moral and legal obligation to make sure that all of their medicinal products are safe and effective in treating the serious health conditions for which these were manufactured for. Thus, it is very necessary that, before being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for public use, these medicines, especially prescription drugs, are first clinically tested to see their actual effects on patients. Besides treating ailments, medicines are also supposed to keep people in good health.

Unfortunately, many products remain defective and harmful to unsuspecting users (who only get to find out about the product’s adverse effects after they have been harmed by it). Due to the many kinds of harm, some too severe, suffered by patients in the past, the U.S. FDA has issued many warnings and recalls on medicines, especially if it can be proven that their risks outweigh the benefits they provide.

To make patients aware of the drug’s potential dangers too, the FDA requires manufacturers to clearly state in their drug’s label the risk/s associated to its use. If the drug’s side-effects are quite severe, then the FDA may issue a block box warning, the most serious form of caution it issues.

According to Tucson dangerous product attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “Every year, countless new products are released for public consumption in the American marketplace. Far too often, however, these products have not undergone adequate testing for safety or are otherwise compromised in such a way that their use poses a substantial threat of injury to consumers. In the worst of cases, dangerous or defective products may even result in death.

Product liability laws are in place in order to safeguard consumers against having to suffer the costs of the consequences that their injuries may have. Victims of serious injuries or other types of harm caused by a defective product should know that justice and compensation may be available to them.”

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