Of all birth injuries, one of the most serious injuries that infants suffer is brain injuries. Brain trauma can affect children throughout their lives and affect their development and growth. When it comes to birth injuries, New Jersey parents benefit from an understanding of how and why it may happen.
One of the common brain injuries that children may develop from trauma at birth is cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Group explains that an infants’ brain is still undeveloped and hence may be more prone to brain injuries.
An infant may develop a brain injury due to asphyxiation during birth. In addition, infants may experience abnormal brain development or intracranial hemorrhaging. If a mother has an infection and the infection goes undetected or has time to pass to the fetus, it can lead to brain damage in fetuses and infants. Infants can catch the illness at birth. Hospitals should take proper precautions and reduce the risk of contagions in a birthing room. Blood clots may restrict the flow to a child’s brain. In addition, the mother’s blood pressure might affect the child’s health and result in birth injuries.
If the physicians make a mistake during delivery, then there may be catastrophic results. The medical team should monitor the baby’s and the mother’s vital signs throughout labor and birth. When hospital staff and doctors fail to do this, cerebral palsy may be the result. Misdiagnosis may also lead to brain injury if the child does not receive proper intervention.
The information presented is for educational purposes regarding brain injuries. None of the above information is legal advice.