Birth Asphyxia Birth Injury Causes

The Causes of This Condition

Birth asphyxia can occur for many reasons, but in all cases, it results from a lack of oxygen to the brain. Many different things can cause it. For example, if they accidentally pinched the umbilical cord because the doctor did not know where it was. This birth disorder happens when a child stops breathing.  Birth asphyxia occurs as anoxia or hypoxia sets in. The child lacks oxygen circulating in the body, and during this time, permanent damage may begin occurring. Doctors must respond quickly to handle this danger.

Get Testing

There are a variety of tests to determine whether or not your child has developed it. Most often, doctors will order an MRI or a CT scan taken of the child. Unfortunately, sometimes these scans don’t show enough about what might be happening. As a result, they might do a single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) tests for a more thorough evaluation. Some of these tests will also handle looking at auditory, visual, and sensory pathways.

Good Care Becomes Essential

Before you begin, it is essential to find good care for your child. Brain injuries can have a serious impact, and they will worsen if your child doesn’t receive adequate treatment for their condition. Be sure to work in close coordination with your doctor and determine the best care for your child so that they will receive the most favorable results. It is important to work with a healthcare team with good communication skills when discussing your child’s care.

The Dangers

Some serious dangers can arise if this condition is not properly addressed. The baby may have only stopped breathing for a few seconds or stopped breathing for a few minutes. As a result, some dangerous conditions can arise. For example, some of the dangerous conditions include Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy. Responding quickly and appropriately becomes essential to avoiding lifelong disabilities.

Keeping an eye out for a few symptoms becomes essential so that you can catch a brain injury before it has the chance to worsen. If you have not tested your baby for it, you may want to watch some of the symptoms. Some of the most obvious symptoms that can arise include bluish skin, seizures, labored breathing, or the absence of breathing.  Establishing good communication with a doctor on hand can help you to relieve some of these problems that can arise from a birth injury before they have the chance to get out of control. A quick response can help lower the risks of damage.

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