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Bigger babies should not be an excuse for birth injuries

Many people in Queens, New York are fond of big babies. However, bigger is not always better. A global trend involving overweight babies is becoming a cause for concern as the health of both the infant and the mother can be compromised. A newborn can face the possibility of birth injuries from doctors who do not know how to handle them properly because of their size.

There have been more and more incidences of larger babies being delivered lately. Last year, a 15.5-pound baby was born in Asia. That birth was soon followed by another 15-pound newborn. This year, two babies weighing more than 13 pounds each came into the world.

A medical journal reports that a 15 to 25 percent increase in baby weight has been cited in developing countries in the past three decades. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are also paying close attention.

Being overweight increases a baby's chance of developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, while a mother can be prone to post-partum hemorrhaging. Another cause for concern is doctors who choose to perform an induction or Cesarean section on a mother if the doctor suspects that a baby is larger than usual. An early delivery increases the rate of babies having respiratory ailments. There is also a chance that the baby might be injured during a C-section. Additionally, early delivery sometimes means that the baby will die shortly after birth.

Whether a baby is a normal weight or is overweight, doctors should know how to handle the delivery properly. Injuries sustained during the delivery can have serious consequences for the child and it can be devastating for the parents. Queens, New York parents may wish to seek the advice of a legal professional to discuss possible legal options in the event of a birth injury.

Source: Huffington Post "Bigger baby trend worries doctors as health concerns mount over supersized deliveries," Aug. 19, 2013

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