Infant Broken Bones

What to Understand

Luckily, infant broken bones aren’t normally a life-threatening condition. However, this condition can indicate that something went wrong when the mother gave birth to the child. When a doctor goes to deliver a child, the infant’s bones and skin will be extraordinarily fragile. In fact, doctors have often said that bruising is a natural part of the birthing process. But, when a child breaks bones during birth, it becomes a little more concerning. In some cases, the broken bones could indicate that the doctor made a mistake, which caused the baby broken bones. Doctors have a great responsibility to both the mother and the child, so they should never make an error like this.

Did My Child Suffer Needless Harm?

Through diligent and careful medical attention, you can normally prevent these injuries from cropping up. To give you an example, doctors can usually detect fetal and maternal distress. So, they can schedule an emergency C-section. In most cases, children who suffer broken bones did so due to stress during birth. Another way children can suffer broken bones is when the doctor uses delivery tools – like forceps – and they pull too hard on the baby. Doing so ultimately leads to broken bones. It could have even been prevented had the doctor opted for a C-section instead.

The Signs That Your Child Broken Bones

A broken clavicle is one of the most common fractures that your child can suffer. This birth injury will almost always happen when your child has a stressful birth. There are a few telltale signs to indicate that your infant may have suffered this, including:

  • A mysterious lump appears a few weeks after.
  • The shoulder affected will droop.
  • The baby cries when this area gets touched.
  • Generally, no movement of the arm on the side of the body is affected.

Let’s say that your child had a broken bone that wasn’t the clavicle. Instead, the broken bone was in the legs or arms. When this is the case, you might see swelling or redness near the area. You might also notice that your child can’t move this limb.

With a broken bone, you must have a doctor look at it as soon as possible. Luckily, this condition won’t lead to cerebral palsy, but it still needs a doctor’s careful attention. Usually, doctors will choose to treat this with medications, splints, casts, and when you have a severe case, they may opt for surgery (but generally, they try to avoid this). If you believe your child’s broken bones were caused due to a medical mistake, you may be able to file a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve. Discuss your case today.