There are a number of birth injury types. Sometimes birth injuries are temporary, and other times they are permanent, lasting a lifetime. Symptoms often vary from one infant to another. Whereas one infant may have mild symptoms, the same injury may happen to a different infant and cause severe symptoms.
Sometimes children aren’t aware of their birth injury until they’re enrolled in school. Other times the symptoms for certain birth injuries are obvious immediately. The severity of symptoms and signs will greatly depend upon each child’s individual circumstances as well as the type of birth injury.
Cerebral palsy is often misinterpreted as a muscle-related birth injury because in some cases, the infant has total loss of muscle control. However, cerebral palsy is a brain-related birth injury that affects the way the brain sends communication to the muscle groups.
A difficult delivery, however, is something that an experienced doctor should be able to avoid. Another way that a birth injury happens to your child is from medical negligence, and sometimes medical negligence could be something as simple as a doctor not viewing the imaging materials properly.
Sometimes the responsibility of who passes on the birth injury is fuzzy. In some instances, a birth injury is passed on from the mother, though a physician’s job is to detect and treat any maternal problems.
Brain-related birth injuries can manifest in several different ways. Often, brain injuries develop from oxygen deprivation, such as anoxia, hypoxia, birth asphyxia, and perinatal asphyxia. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a birth injury resulting from oxygen deprivation.
A birth defect is a health problem that inflicts your baby from the outset based on your child’s DNA.
Examples of birth defects are Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, a heart murmur, or other health problems stemming from the structure of the child’s DNA.
Although any type of birth injury is devastating, cerebral palsy (CP) remains one of the most severe health disorders that stems from birth injuries. In most cases, CP leads to devastating health issues and disabilities that last a lifetime.
One of the leading birth injury causes is delayed birth. The human brain was designed to withstand a certain amount of pressure for a certain amount of time. However, labors that last over 18 hours are considered long, difficult labors, and at 18 hours, the compression on the brain becomes too much to withstand.
There are quite a few symptoms that are immediately apparent after a birth injury, but keep in mind that these symptoms may also indicate other health conditions. Always consult with a physician before assuming your child has a brain injury.
Birth injuries come in several different forms and ways. Some birth injuries are obvious and seen immediately, such as bruises, broken bones, injuries due to forceps or vacuum extraction, or lacerations. These are typically seen as mild birth injuries.
Not all birth injuries will require surgery. However, in some instances, severe injuries may require surgery in order for the infant to have the best chances of survival. In other instances, surgery can determine if an infant will be able to have full use of any injured limbs.