For many parents, the birth of a child is among the most remarkable moments in their lives. But, all too often, complications during the birthing process overshadow the joy of the parents. Some birth injuries are noticed immediately, while others become more noticeable as time goes on. Today, we’d like to focus on the symptoms of infant brain damage that may appear in the wake of a traumatic birth.
What Causes Infant Brain Damage?
First, we should take some time to explain the causes of infant brain damage. Sometimes, it is congenital—meaning it resulted from genetic or other factors prior to birth. At other times, however, it occurs during the birthing process.
During a difficult childbirth, a baby may experience trauma to the head or oxygen deprivation. Both of these factors are known to cause infant brain damage. If you suspect medical malpractice may have exacerbated your child’s trauma, do not hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer.
Early Symptoms (Less Than 6 Months)
Following a traumatic birth, parents should monitor their children for symptoms of infant brain damage. Some of these may occur very early on in your child’s life, such as in their first 6 months.
When your child is born, you may notice some unusual physiological features. These might include distorted facial features, an enlarged forehead, or a twisted spine. Typically, these would indicate brain damage caused by congenital factors rather than medical malpractice.
If your infant’s brain damage resulted from a difficult birth, the symptoms are more likely to be behavioral rather than physiological. Be on the look-out for any of the following:
- Frequent crying with an arched back
- Inability to move neck and eyes
- Difficulties with feeding
Infant brain damage can result in a wide variety of behavioral irregularities when your child is under 6 months in age. If their behavior strikes you as out of the ordinary, contact a specialist as soon as you can.
Other symptoms of infant brain damage may not become apparent until your child has exceeded 6 months in age. A majority of these manifest in terms of the child’s physical movements.
You should track your child’s development against typical milestones—such as lifting their head by 6 months, and rolling over by 9 months. If your child fails to meet these milestones, this could be the result of infant brain damage. In addition to failure to achieve certain motions, they may exhibit involuntary movement of their limbs.
If you believe your child sustained a brain injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have decades of experience representing clients just like you. If you’re curious what we can do for you and your child, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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