Are There Any Side Effects?

Are There Any Side Effects?

The medical team responsible for your baby’s care will be able to talk to you about possible side effects relating to cooling treatment. Cooling may occasionally lead to problems such as abnormal heart rhythm and bleeding and clotting problems. Another possible side effect of the cooling is Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis (SCFN). This is a rare skin condition that can arise around the time of the cooling process, and can lead to high calcium levels. If your baby develops SCFN it is likely that they will be monitored regularly until the condition improves.

The doctors and nurses looking after your baby are aware of potential side effect, and will be closely monitoring your baby for any sign of them. You should also be aware that HIE is a serious illness and many of these complications can occur even without cooling.