The birth of a child into a family is a joyous occasion.
Unfortunately, the birth of a child can also be a traumatic and difficult process. Some newborns suffer minor injuries during labor and childbirth. Unfortunately, a number of birth injuries are a result of recklessness or negligence of the healthcare provider. The difficult part is that birth injuries are not always immediately apparent after the birth and symptoms may present after days, weeks, or even longer after birth. Birth injuries can be caused by various reasons and each birth injury shows different signs. It is important for new parents to understand the problems that may indicate a birth injury.
It is normal for newborns to experience some fluctuations in feeding; however, serious difficulties with feeding may indicate a birth injury. If the baby is showing any signs of difficulty with sucking or swallowing, it can be a sign of a serious birth injury such as cerebral palsy or brain hemorrhage.
Seizures can be indicative of a birth injury such as brain hemorrhage. Subdural, intraventricular, and subarachnoid hemorrhages can cause seizures varying in duration and severity.
Arched Back Crying
When crying is intense, inconsolable, and is accompanied by an arched back, it may be a sign of a birth injury. Arched back crying may be a sign of acid reflux, nerve damage, pain, cerebral palsy, or some other form of birth injury.
In case of a difficult labor and delivery, it is possible that bones may become broken or fractured, especially in the upper body. Broken or fractured bones in the legs or arms may be a sign of a birth injury caused by improper use of assistive tools, a traumatic birth, or the medical negligence of the doctor.
It is often difficult to diagnose nerve damage in infants, because they cannot express their pain or ailments. Signs that parents can watch for include weakness, lack of reflexes, limpness of limbs, and lack of response to touch. These signs may be indicative of a birth injury such as cerebral palsy. Improper use of forceps can lead to facial paralysis.
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
If you believe your child may have sustained a birth injury due to negligence of a healthcare provider, consult a Chicago birth injury lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166. We will evaluate your case and help you recover appropriate damages from the at-fault party.