Researchers link C-section births to chronic health problems in children

A new study has found that babies born through cesarean sections are at a higher risk of developing chronic health ailments such as obesity, asthma and type-1 diabetes later in life than infants born vaginally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32 percent of newborns in the United States are delivered by Cesarean sections (C-sections).

“People have always known the consequences of vaginal delivery — brain damage, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia — but there is not much discussion of the long-term downsides of cesarean delivery,” said Dr. Jan Blustein of New York University’s School of Medicine, one of the study’s authors.

Although C-section deliveries may be medically necessary and lifesaving in some cases where there is difficulty in vaginal childbirth, there are a number of risks associated with them. C-sections can result in serious birth injuries in newborns when they are performed too late or when medical errors are made. Parents may choose to file a birth injury lawsuit if doctors were negligent in managing labor complications.

The researchers hope their findings on C-section risks, published in the British Medical Journal, will be included in the clinical guidelines used to educate midwives and doctors. They noted that although their analysis of prior studies strongly suggests that C-sections have the potential to cause long-term health problems in children, more research was needed on the topic.

It is important to note that determining fault in a birth injury case can be more complicated than it might seem. If your child was injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.