Infant Seizures as a Birth Disorder Symptom

Brain Injuries: Common Occurrence

One of the reasons you have to take infant seizures seriously is because they can cause brain damage. When a child has a seizure, it indicates that something in the brain has stopped working correctly. In some cases, when this happens, it will halt the activity of the cells. The brain believes that it has come under attack, and as a result, it enters into a seizure as a protective measure. Baby seizures can be just as severe as ones that afflict adults.

In some cases, a child can have a seizure because of oxygen deprivation in the brain. This condition is known as anoxia, and it’s a serious issue that indicates a total absence of oxygen in the brain. It can also cause a neurological disorder known as cerebral palsy. This birth injury can leave your child with a lifetime of disability. If your child was born with CP, you might be entitled to financial support. Your child may also experience a seizure if they suddenly have a brain hemorrhage, which can pose an equal level of danger.

Kernicterus

The medical community considers kernicterus to be an extraordinarily serious problem. It begins as jaundice when the baby’s body gets too much bilirubin. When your child has a seizure and jaundice simultaneously, it can indicate that jaundice developed into kernicterus. It would be best if you got to a doctor as soon as possible to ensure that the kernicterus doesn’t cause a lifelong learning disability. Without fast action, this condition can turn serious quickly.

Preeclampsia

When a mother has preeclampsia, it can endanger the life of both their child and themselves. Typically, this condition occurs as a result of high blood pressure. Doctors will often choose to give the mother a C-section instead of opting for vaginal delivery because of the risk of a birth disorder. Children born to mothers with preeclampsia have a higher risk of having a seizure due to hypertension. Many times, whatever the mother suffers from, the baby will suffer from, too.

Let’s say that your child has epilepsy. Epilepsy often occurs as a side effect of cerebral palsy. In some cases, an infant that has a seizure may be diagnosed with CP, too. Many times, when a child has an epileptic seizure, it is due to one of the more severe forms of CP. When this injury happens within the brain, it impacts the brain’s ability to communicate with the muscles. As a result, they won’t work correctly. Doctors will occasionally prescribe medication to your child to control the seizures, but they usually only do this with more severe cases.

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