Symptoms

Symptoms

What are the Symptoms to Be Aware Of?

There are a few symptoms that you need to be aware of when it comes to a birth disorder. Some of the most common signs that you will see:

Some of these symptoms may not even appear as a physical finding. That’s why it is important to be alert to the possibility of dangers when having a child. Birth injury symptoms can be subtle, however, the infant may display symptoms that indicate an injury is present. For example, pale skin could indicate that they have an injury. Additional signs include low oxygen levels in the blood, hypertension, or anemia. It depends on the circumstances, but infants and children can have a variety of problems.

Not All Symptoms Come Right Away

With some birth disorders, symptoms do not appear until age 12 to 24 months. Not all symptoms will be obvious. However,  it is your healthcare provider’s responsibility to screen and evaluate in order to catch these things in advance. For example, you might see that your child struggles to walk, or they have difficulty with problem-solving. They may also have speech problems or poor control over their coordination. These findings may indicate that your child suffered a birth injury.

Some Don’t Reveal Themselves until Later

Not every injury will make itself obvious. Some children will have these injuries unknown to themselves and unknown to the parents. In fact, you may not see the symptoms surface until much later in life, like when your child enters school. During this time, your child may struggle with cognitive issues. For example, they may experience developmental disabilities or have autism, Asberger’s syndrome, or ADD, or ADHD.

Birth injuries can vary from minor to severe. These are just a few of the birth injury symptoms that can arise. Some medical experts have even suggested that 60 to 80 percent of children who have ADHD suffer from it because of a birth disorder. For example, it may  happen because a birth-assisting tool is used during delivery and led to an injury. If your child experienced an injury due to doctor negligence like this, you should discuss your case with a professional. Typically, children have their heads pulled backward when these tools are used, and this can lead to an injury. You should understand the risks and be aware of the symptoms so that you can watch for them in your child.

Childhood Dysarthria

When your infant has childhood dysarthria, this condition has a negative impact on the child’s motor speech. Normally, when this happens, it’s because the muscles that control the motor speech were damaged, and as a result, the child may develop baby dysarthria. What is it that causes this condition? Based on information from ASHA, people who have this condition will have weak respiratory and mouth muscles. This will later have an impact on how well they can talk. Unfortunately, the more severe cases of this condition mean that the individuals can’t move their mouth at all.

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How to Tell when Developmental Delays Signal a Bigger Issue

Most parents think that the time flies by fast as their child seems to grow up so quickly. You will hear this said so many times. In addition, most parents will show some type of concern because they want to ensure that their child continues to develop properly. What are some of the birth injury signs that you need to stay aware of? You have a few things that you have to understand. This should help you to determine if your child is a little behind or if they could fall behind other children their age.

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Infant Apraxia

When you go to have a child, the last thing that you want is for that child to have a birth injury. You spent nine months bringing them into the world, after all. Unfortunately, bad things can happen that will have a negative impact on your child, such as infant apraxia. When this happens, your child may have a motor speech disorder that will affect the way a child talks. Many people think of this as a muscle disorder, but in fact, this disorder classifies as a neurological disorder that comes from the brain. This birth disorder happens because your child suffered a birth injury during the labor process.

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Arched Back Crying

Infants cry—that’s a fact. When you have to worry is when they have an arched back because this isn’t normal. You may not always have to feel concerned, but you should pay attention if your infant bends back. In some cases, toddlers will do this as a way of trying to squirm out of their parents’ arms. You can define this as a toddler who tries to get away and acts defiantly. You shouldn’t, however, see this in a toddler for no reason.

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Loss of Feeling Absent Reflexes Paralysis

One of the last things that you would ever want is to deal with infant paralysis. This is your child after all. Because the child can’t talk, you may struggle to determine if your child just lost feeling in the body. What do you do? You have a few signs that you can look for to determine it. For example, you will notice weak reflexes. This will almost always indicate that you have an underlying problem going on with your child. You have to act fast because many of these symptoms can cause permanent damage if you fail to detect it fast enough.

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Infant Bruising

After you have had your child, you have to pay attention to them especially close to ensure that they don’t display any negative signs or symptoms. While birth injury still remains quite rare within the United States, you do have cases where it happens. In fact, it happens to six out of every eight children in 1,000 who are born. They will experience a birth injury as a result of their birth. Many times, this happens because of the baby’s passage through the birth canal. When a child displays signs of infant bruising, this could be signs that he has a birth disorder.

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Infant Feeding Problems

You try to feed your child, but he doesn’t seem interested. What do you do now? Is there something wrong with him? You will see that many infants have infant feeding problems. Some of the most common problems that can occur include spitting up food, refusing to eat at specific times and avoiding new foods. Normally, these issues could be classified as normal, but you do have cases where you should pay close attention because it could be something serious. Some information from the NIH suggests that 35 percent of children with feeding problems will have a neurodevelopment issue.

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Foul Smelling Greasy Stool

One of the least fun parts about being a parent, changing an infant’s diapers probably ranks low on the scale of enjoyable tasks. Nevertheless, this job has an essential aspect to it. Not only does it prevent further health problems, but you can also monitor the child’s normal urination and stools. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you can catch the problem before it has the opportunity to materialize. One of the common problems has become known as infant foul smelling greasy stool. If you notice blood in their stool, or varying consistency, your child could be warning you of other problems.

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Fussiness High Pitched Cry

If you have a baby, you will hear them cry. That is normal for babies, but how do you know when you have a fussy baby and when the child could have some underlying problems? Infant high pitched cry could indicate some other health conditions. The high-pitched crying could indicate a variety of negative health complications, and you want to stay on top of these risks to diagnose it early to lower the risk of permanent damage.

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Hairy Patch Back

You have a few cases where your child may be born with fine hairs. This comes shortly after birth, but these hairs will normally fall off as the child grows older. Still, you should pay close attention to infant hairy patch on back because while it could be nothing, you have cases where it could be something more serious. One thing with baby hairy patch on back, it could be an indication of spina bifida, a debilitating condition. Under rare circumstances, your child could be born with nerves that come out of the spinal column.

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Inflamed Nasal Passages

When your child experiences inflamed nasal passages, this can turn into a serious health condition if you don’t address it right away. In most cases, it won’t be serious, and it happens as a result of your child having allergies. Your child might have infant inflamed nasal passages, but it heals in most cases. However, you need to stay ahead of it because it could indicate some dangerous health complications if you don’t treat a baby nose swollen right away.

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Intestinal Blockage Severe Constipation

Oh, no! Your little munchkin has severe constipation. What do you do now? First, let’s look at how you notice this condition. Let’s say that you were changing your child’s diaper, and you notice a dark and pebble-sized stool. This indicates that your child may be constipated. In addition, it could mean that they experience pain as a result of the birth constipation. Constipation can manifest for a variety of reasons like dehydration, excessive dairy products and inadequate fiber. Whatever the reason, it comes down to your child not receiving the right nutrition. You have to watch carefully because infant intestinal blockage can lead to some serious health complications.

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Loss of Consciousness Lethargy

Each child will differ from the next one. That’s why when it comes to parenting experts who give advice, you have to take what they say with a grain of salt. If they tell you one thing, you may not have to worry too much. You should refrain from panicking if you notice that your child sleeps longer than what the experts tell you. Usually, they will say that children will sleep anywhere from 16 to 18 hours within the first few weeks. If they sleep a little longer, you shouldn’t worry too much. If you notice infant lack consciousness, however, you may want to look a little more closely to ensure that it didn’t come as a result of a birth injury.

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Lack of Muscle Control

You hope that when you have a child that they will enter the world as healthy as possible, but you have cases where that won’t always be true. Infant lack of muscle control could indicate one of the many different problems that can arise. It could range anywhere from a mild condition to something that will require healthcare assistance for a long time. A baby that experiences muscle problems should have the parents speaking with a doctor as soon as possible. This can help you to pinpoint underlying health problems.

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Limpness and Weak Movement

When you’re pregnant, you often worry about the child’s movement, and in fact, it has become common for the child to be active from 22 weeks to 28 weeks in the pregnancy. After this point, the child’s activity may suddenly drop off. Once you have had your child, you worry less about his activity, and you focus more on his executive function. You also check to ensure that he doesn’t have a birth injury. What do you do if you notice infant limpness? Could this indicate that your child has a birth disorder? Truth is, it could be a number of things.

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Low Heart Rate Palpitations

What happens when you notice an infant low heart rate? The heart rate of your child is one of the most important aspects of your child’s health because it will indicate if he has underlying issues going on. When you take your child into the doctor, one of the first things that they will do is to look at the blood pressure of your child. Through the blood pressure number, they can determine what is happening with the child’s health.

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Muscle Rigidity and Stiffness

What happens when your child has muscle rigidity or stiffness? You should never ignore this condition because it could even be a sign that your child has cerebral palsy. You need to get in to see a doctor as soon as possible because early treatment can lower the risks that your child will experience long-term disabilities. Limpness or stiffness indicates that your child could be experiencing health problems that you need to address.

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Nausea Dizziness Vomiting

You could have the best child, and they will still burp and spit up from time to time. In fact, parents have often been encouraged to help their child with burping and spitting up by patting their back. Use the cover of a burp cloth to protect yourself. Let’s say, however, that you think your child throws up an unusually high amount of food. You may want to look at the possibility that this could be another problem that needs addressing.

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Seizures

When seizures strike, you should always take them seriously because they can do a dangerous level of harm to your child. As this happens, it will usually disrupt the electrical signals within the brain. Infant seizures happen commonly, and you should take it seriously because of how it could indicate that your child has an underlying health condition.

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Arm Bent Toward Body

You may be wondering, “What does it mean when your infant has its arm bent toward body?” In some cases, it may not be anything serious, and they feel more comfortable in this way. You have to keep a close eye on it because if the child displays this over a long period of time, it could happen as a result of a type of medical condition. When the infant bends arm towards body, they could be doing this for other reasons.

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Breathlessness Rapid Breathing Grunting

Infant rapid breathing or breathlessness can be experienced in any age group, but it becomes especially serious when it happens in infants. The actual term for this condition is called dyspnea. While adults have the ability to communicate that they have this problem, an infant has no such luck. Sometimes, they will feel a tightening in the chest or suffocation. You have to stay proactive as a parent because if you have a baby breathless, it can become dangerous fast.

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Skin Color and Texture

Let’s say that your child displays a different skin texture or skin color. You may feel worried about this. In most cases, you shouldn’t worry too much because this has become common after the delivery of a child. You still should pay attention, however, to ensure that the child doesn’t have a more serious medical condition. In some cases, infant skin yellow could be an indication of jaundice when the bilirubin in the blood reaches a certain amount. You should watch it closely to ensure that the bilirubin doesn’t reach a higher volume to where it can be more serious, such as a condition known as kerinictherus, which can cause brain damage and potentially cerebral palsy.

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Childhood Dysarthia

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Skipping Developmental Milestones

As a parent, you want to see your child progress unhindered and reach the milestones without experiencing obstacles. What do you do as a parent if you have an infant missing developmental milestones? Children who have debilitating illnesses like cerebral palsy will sometimes experience growth at a much slower rate. The milestones begin at six weeks and continue until the child reaches age seven, but you can learn some of the milestones by speaking with your pediatrician.

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Skull Fractures Bulges

When an infant has a skull fracture or a bulge, doctors have also referred to it as head trauma. Under most circumstances, this will be a minor medical condition, but you do have cases where it will be more serious. This condition arises for a variety of reasons, but you have situations where it came as a result of inattentive medical professionals.

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Weight Gain Problems

As your baby grows, it matters that he puts on weight. It shows you signs that you have a happy and healthy child. Within the first few years, you should regularly weigh your child to make sure that you’re not dealing with infant weight gain issues. In some cases, when a child gets born prematurely, they will have issues with weight gain. Along with that, a child born lighter will have a higher susceptibility to birth injury. The weight at birth doesn’t have much to do with how your child will develop, but if your child doesn’t gain weight, it could be a symptom of a bigger problem.

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Declining Breathing Eating Digestion

Whenever someone’s regular functions necessary to live start declining, you get worried that they will continue to go downhill. You want to do whatever you can to make it easier especially for your child. In some cases, the reason behind someone experiencing these things will have to do with a medical condition. It can lead to anoxia and eventually cerebral palsy. Adults have no trouble telling the doctor what is wrong with them, but a baby doesn’t have the same gift in its earliest stages.

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Delay Development

Sometimes when a birth injury occurs, the infant suffers as a result, but a lot of people don’t realize the damage until much later. One of the things that can happen has become known as infant developmental delays. To give you an example, you might have an infant that can crawl at six months, and they can walk after one year. While this does raise eyebrows, you don’t necessarily have cause for concern with baby developmental delays as long as they don’t seem overextended or highly prolonged.

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Developmental Abnormalities

Not all birth injury symptoms will show up immediately. For example, let’s say that you have an infant, and he displays some of the signs of anoxia and hypoxia. They start to turn blue in response to this. You’d consider the human brain as something unpredictable. The symptoms of a birth disorder may take months or even years before you notice the symptoms of the injury in full manifestation. You may notice infant developmental abnormalities as a result.

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Difficulty Sucking Eating Swallowing

After you have had your child, it matters what their eating habits look like. The doctor will keep a close eye on this to ensure that the baby remains healthy. If you see infant difficulty sucking, this could indicate the child has other underlying health problems. Even throughout toddlerhood, you should remain vigilant to your child and monitor their eating habits because this can tell you a lot about the health of your child. You can catch a health problem much sooner to prevent long-term damage…

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Excessive Drooling

You notice that your child seems to drool excessively. This could even indicate further underlying problems with your child that you may want to have a doctor look at. Babies will especially drool during the process of teething, but if you notice that your child seems to drool excessively, this could be because of a birth injury. You want a doctor to look at this to help rule out the most dangerous possibilities. The sooner that you get treatment, the better off you will be.

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Favoring One Sidebody

Does your child seem to favor one side of his body? This could mean that a birth injury may have taken place. Like with you when you sprain your ankle, you will favor the better leg more because it hurts to walk on the other leg. The same is true of your infant. Everyone has a natural response to when they have a weaker leg. No one tells you to do this, and likewise, with an infant favoring one side of body, they do this naturally. What could be some of the causes of this?

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Fever

When your child experiences a fever, you could also refer to it as pyrexia. This natural bodily reaction happens whenever your body responds to an infection. Usually, the body temperature will go above the normal to indicate that your child has an infant fever. White blood cells will normally get released into the bloodstream as a response to it. Many times, the infant will heal this through its own natural bodily processes, but as parents, you still want to keep a close eye on infant fever so that it doesn’t lead to further health complications.

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