Most common birth injuries
Usually, birth injuries are minor and not a cause for serious alarm. During the delivery of a baby the natural forces of labor and delivery can often result in benign injuries like
- swelling or bruising of the scalp
- breakage of small blood vessels in the eye
- bleeding underneath a cranial bone
- head molding, or the changing in shape of the baby’s head as a result of pressure during the delivery
There’s likely no need to worry if these injuries are present in your newborn as most will resolve themselves over time and without any additional treatment.
Is cerebral palsy always a birth injury?
The distinction between a birth injury and disorder depends on whether the cerebral palsy is congenital, meaning the baby was born with the disorder, or acquired. If the CP was acquired then it occurred after the baby was born as a result of risk factors like:
- brain infection
- head injury
- blood flow problems to the brain
If the injury occurred as a result of negligence, either due to the action or inaction of medical personnel, then it might be grounds for a lawsuit to help cover the lifetime costs of the child’s treatment for CP.
Birth Defect or Birth Injury?
You should understand the difference between a birth disorder and a birth injury. A birth disorder affects your child right from the start. Meanwhile, an injury from birth happens as a result of something that your healthcare provider could have prevented.