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When birth trauma leads to cerebral palsy

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

Expectant parents spend months looking forward to the day they can welcome a little one into their lives. Their thoughts are filled with milestones and all the memories they’ll create.

The child’s delivery usually goes smoothly, and a few days later, the new family goes home. However, sometimes the delivery goes wrong and causes injury to the newborn, resulting in cerebral palsy.

Signs your infant may have cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy, a neurological condition, is caused by damage to the brain, either during the birth process or while still in the womb. Though the exact cause of cerebral palsy is not always easy to determine, the condition can be attributed to various factors such as oxygen deprivation, infections, genetic disorders, or brain hemorrhages. 

Cerebral palsy affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. Some signs your infant may have cerebral palsy include:

  • difficulty controlling head and neck when picked up
  • excessive drooling
  • difficulty swallowing
  • delayed milestones such as rolling over or crawling

While these symptoms don’t always indicate cerebral palsy, seeking medical advice to rule out potential medical issues and address developmental delays is vital.

Although there is currently no cure, several treatments can help children improve their quality of life. Physical and occupational therapy are two standard treatment approaches that help build strength and mobility. Medications such as muscle relaxants and anti-spasticity drugs can also help reduce muscle stiffness and spasms. 

If you think your child may have cerebral palsy caused by a birth injury, speaking with your pediatrician is essential. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve outcomes. You may also be able to receive compensation to cover medical costs and treatments. Seek legal guidance if you want to learn more.