If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nDoctors Failing to Recognize Bacteria Can Cause a Kentucky Birth Injury\r\nThere are many infections and even diseases that people catch through viruses or bacteria. However, when a newborn is infected with bacteria, it can cause harm to the infant. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) and Listeria monocytogenes are common types of bacteria that can cause a multitude of infections in a baby, such as pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis.\r\nWhat is GBS?\r\nGroup B Streptococcal disease can be passed from the mother to the infant during childbirth. Many pregnant women - about 25 percent - carry these bacteria in the vagina or rectum. Because the bacteria can come and go, it is important that pregnant women are tested for GBS.\r\nIt is recommended that pregnant women be tested for these types of bacterium at their 36-week appointment. If the mother shows signs of being at risk, then she should be treated with antibiotics during childbirth to prevent the baby getting this infection during birth.\r\nDepending on the type of bacteria, babies can suffer serious infections that could cause:\r\n\r\n \tTrouble breathing\r\n \tHigh temperature\r\n \tFussiness and crankiness\r\n \tEating issues\r\n \tDeath\r\n\r\nWhat is Listeriosis?\r\nListeria monocytogenes, much like GBS, can lead to sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia in infants. It is generally acquired in pregnant women who have eaten contaminated food. Babies can get listeriosis from their mothers, which can cause many side effects and Kentucky birth injuries, such as:\r\n\r\n \tParalysis\r\n \tSeizures\r\n \tMental impairments\r\n \tKidney and heart problems\r\n \tBlindness\r\n \tBlood infections\r\n\r\nIn extreme cases, listeriosis can lead to miscarriages, premature deliveries, and even stillbirth.\r\nWhat is a Doctor\u2019s Role in Preventing Listeriosis and GBS?\r\nA doctor can really either help or harm a baby. A doctor should perform a swab test late in a woman\u2019s pregnancy to check for bacteria. If there are traces, doctors should administer intravenous antibiotics during childbirth to prevent the baby acquiring the bacteria. However, if a doctor didn\u2019t perform the routine tests, he could be liable if the infant was harmed due to his negligence.\r\nIf your baby suffered the side effects from one of these infections or any other Northern Kentucky birth injury, you may have rights. Find out how to pursue a medical malpractice case to recover for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and more. Call the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to talk with caring and knowledgeable\u00a0Northern Kentucky birth injury lawyers\u00a0in a free legal consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 today.