Infant Limpness and Weak Movement as a Birth Disorder Symptom

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida has a negative impact on the spine of the child. Also, it is more likely to be a problem in female babies than male babies. In some cases, your child can have a damaged spinal cord that’s causing limpness. This happens when the vertebrae does not develop under the skin and portions of the spinal cord are exposed outside of the body. There are cases where this condition worsens, especially if your child gets exposed to Group B Strep infection or meningitis.

Cerebral Palsy

People often think of cerebral palsy as a muscle disorder, but in fact, it’s a neurological disorder that happens when the brain cannot communicate correctly with the muscles. One of the most common symptoms is infant limpness. This may mean that your child has neurological damage.

Perinatal Asphyxia

Whenever a child gets deprived of oxygen, they can wind up with perinatal asphyxia. Most often, this condition arises whenever your child has a difficult or delayed childbirth. As the lack of oxygen takes over, your child may experience limpness. They may also have rapid breathing or a bluish tint to the skin.

Injuries from the Vacuum Extractor

Unfortunately, when a doctor uses birthing assistance tools to help with a delivery, this can lead to injuries. Occasionally, the doctor misuses these tools, and it causes a birth injury to the child. If you think this happened to your child while you were giving birth, you may be able to hold the doctor accountable and get the compensation you deserve. When used, the doctor places this extraction tool on the skull of the child. The problem occurs when the tool gets placed incorrectly because this can cause brain damage. As a result, your child’s limbs may go limp.

Hypotonia

This medical condition has been classified by weak movements or limpness. When your child is hypotonic, they can act like a rag doll. In some cases, this condition is called floppy baby syndrome. It happens when a poor signal gets sent between the brain and the spinal cord.

One thing that is important to understand as a parent is how it is essential to act fast. When your child has an injury, you need to respond as quickly as possible because this may help lower the severity that the injury could potentially have on your child. How the doctor chooses to treat this condition will depend on the underlying cause.

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