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Learn About the Early Signs of Common Birth Injuries From an Orlando Birth Injury Lawyer

Many types of birth injuries are preventable. With today’s modern medical technology, early diagnosis allows for preventative treatment during labor and childbirth in many cases, and doctors and nurses have the knowledge and tools they need to protect mothers, fetuses and newborns in the vast majority of cases.

Yet, birth injuries are still far too common. Each year, thousands of children are born with birth injuries that could (and should) have been prevented. As a result, as an expecting or new parent, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of birth injuries—and to seek help promptly if you have any concerns about your baby’s wellbeing.

What Are the Signs that Your Child May Have a Birth Injury?

There are many different types of birth injuries. During labor and delivery, babies can suffer injuries ranging from physical trauma (i.e., shoulder dystocia) to brain trauma caused by oxygen deprivation. As a result, the list of birth injury symptoms is extremely long as well.

With this in mind, it can be helpful to start with an overview of what you should expect when your child is born. Crying is normal—and generally a sign of strength and good health. Shortly after birth, many newborns will fall asleep on a parent’s chest, although some may be ready to start feeding right away.

So, what isn’t normal? While all newborns react to birth and their surroundings differently, some signs that something may be wrong include:

  • Arching of the back while crying
  • Curling of the hands
  • Difficulty feeding or swallowing
  • Excessive drooling
  • High-pitched crying
  • Lack of motor control
  • Seizures
  • Severe crying and inability to be calmed
  • Severe muscle weakness

Some newborns will exhibit signs of physical trauma as well. Bruising and physical deformities can be signs of bone fractures and other physical injuries that may require prompt treatment to mitigate the risk of long-term complications. Doctors can also test for signs of birth injuries that may not be readily apparent to parents—such as a low heart rate or low blood oxygen level.

With some types of birth injuries, it may not be possible to identify symptoms for months, or in some cases even years, after a child is born. Developmental and cognitive delays and abnormalities, for example, may only become evident once a child begins to grow. Once again, if you have any concerns at any time, you should seek a diagnosis and treatment promptly, and if you have reason to believe that your family’s healthcare provider may be responsible for your child’s condition, you should speak with an Orlando birth injury lawyer about your family’s legal rights.

Speak with an Orlando Birth Injury Lawyer at Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A.

Do you have questions about filing a birth injury claim in Orlando, Florida? If so, we encourage you to contact us promptly for more information. To speak with a lawyer in Orlando about your family’s legal rights in confidence, please call 800-693-4465 or request a free consultation online today.