Child birth is supposed to be something beautiful and a memory you can cherish. However, in the excitement, confusion and worry you may have experienced during your labor and delivery, the worst thing you can discover is that your baby sustained a birth injury.
Birth injuries can occur from improper prenatal medical care, or during the labor and delivery process. Many things can go wrong during the delivery that can result in birth injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
For every 1,000 babies born in the U.S., 6 to 8 suffer from some type of birth injury. However, birth injuries can be difficult to recognize immediately, as symptoms can either indicate a different health condition or may show in the later development stages of a child’s life. There are signs parents should keep an eye out for, including:
- The newborn is unresponsive to stimuli
- A deformity is apparent
- Light sensitivity
- Unexplained bruises appear
- Difficulty feeding
- Spastic movements and poor muscle control that is not typical of newborns
- Inability to move a part of the body
- Arm or hand curled and bent towards the baby’s body
- The newborn is unable to reach a normal developmental milestone, such as sitting up or crawling
As a parent, you should watch your child’s development closely, especially while he or she is still an infant. If your child lags behind on any milestones or exhibits symptoms, immediately seek a medical evaluation. Also bear in mind, it is never too early to consult with a birth injury attorney. Even a “mild” birth injury that may seem less severe can have a huge impact on your child’s life.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” Matthew 21:16