Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) occurs when a newborn’s circulation system does not adapt to breathing outside of the womb. When a baby is no longer reliant on the umbilical cord and takes his first breaths, blood pressure in the lungs drops as blood flows to the lungs and then back to the heart. The blood pressure in the lungs remains high for babies with PPHN. PPHN usually results from a difficult birth that involves complications, such as infection or an inadequate amount of oxygen during birth.
- cyanosis (skin has a bluish tinge)
- heart murmur
- rapid breathing
- rapid heart rate
- respiratory distress, such as flaring nostrils or grunting
If you are concerned that your child is suffering from PPHN, contact the Houston birth injury lawyers at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant. Call us today at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a confidential and free initial consultation form, which only takes a few minutes to complete.