Some birth injuries may lead to cerebral palsy
On behalf of Wilt & Thompson, PLLC on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
When most people think of cerebral palsy, they think of its congenital form. This refers to improper development prior to labor. There is, however, a small subset of patients whose symptoms manifest as a result of birth injuries and complications during delivery.
Past studies have indicated that about 5 to 10% of cerebral palsy babies were not at risk prior to birth. It is not uncommon for unexpected problems to occur at delivery, but mishandling from the hospital staff can exacerbate the issue, leading to this incurable disease.
How does cerebral palsy affect a child?
Cerebral palsy impacts a person’s muscle coordination. You may notice delays in your child’s ability to sit up, support his or her weight or walk. These difficulties can also extend to eating and speech development, as well as fine motor skills and dexterity issues.
Symptoms may be more severe in some children. Depending on the cause of the disease, the child may experience even more damaging conditions, such as blindness, deafness or other disabilities.
As of now, there is no cure for cerebral palsy. One mistake at the hospital during delivery can completely change both yours and your son or daughter’s life forever.
How do birth injuries cause it?
Because cerebral palsy is a neurological disease, it is often the result of oxygen deprivation. A compromised air supply during delivery can create a tremendous risk of developing the disease.
Though a decrease in oxygen may be an unavoidable circumstance, it is the responsibility of the doctors and nurses to quickly identify the problem and resolve it before there is permanent damage. Poor communication between staff or a failure to act fast can mean devastating consequences for your child.
If your baby experiences any early symptoms of cerebral palsy, you should alert your physician immediately. You may be able to trace back the source of the problem to the delivery and take action against the negligent staff.