Detecting a Birth Injury
Holding Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable
The detection of a preventable birth injury is not always easy. Certainly, as a parent, you may have observed something is wrong. Your baby may not react like other babies; he or she may have muscle tone that is loose or floppy or your child may exhibit a lack of coordination. Certainly, detecting a birth injury should not be done by a parent on their own. If you as a parent have reason to believe that your child is the victim of a birth injury, it is important to speak with an experienced physician who can properly diagnose the child.
There may be bruising or other indicators that cause you to suspect something is not right. If you have observed any abnormalities, and you still have questions despite your doctor’s explanation, speak with a birth injury lawyer at Beam Legal Team immediately.
What are the Indicators of Birth Injuries?
- Poor coordination
- Bruising and / or excessive molding of your child’s head or scalp
- Extreme lethargy
- Extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Skin discoloration
- Intellectual Disability
- Cerebral palsy
- Diagnosis of hypoxic-ischemic injury or neonatal encephalopathy
This is by no means a complete list of all the indicators of a birth injury. Following delivery, a mother can also have indicators of a possible birth injury. You should discuss the indicators that you have observed and what you have been told by your doctor with our professionals. Our team of Chicago lawyers has represented children throughout the nation. We are located in Chicago, IL, and have more than 30 years of experience in recognizing the indicators of a preventable birth injury.
Symptoms that Can Appear as Actions
In many situations, there are actions that the baby or child may exhibit that could indicate a birth injury is present. Some may be similar to other health conditions, so it’s important to have your baby monitored and checked carefully to determine if something else is wrong.
Some of the most common actions that may be displayed as a result of a birth injury include, but are not limited to the following:
- Multiple seizures
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea, including vomiting
- Trouble with breathing or being out of breath easily
- Arching of the back while crying
In some situations, the baby may have excessive amounts of drool or they may be fussy for no reason. They may also experience trouble when eating or swallowing. While these may be indicators of general health issues, there could be underlying issues that you want to have a medical professional check out.
Impact On the Baby’s Overall Health
There are some signs and symptoms that may not be displayed nearly as much as actions, but if they exist, they can be a sign of something gone wrong. In some situations, the baby may exhibit both health problems and actions that may indicate a birth injury.
Some of the health-related symptoms the baby may experience include hyper or hypotension, dizziness, low heart rate, and low oxygen levels in the bloodstream. The baby may also have a serious wheeze in their breathing, or they could have trouble gaining weight.
Other health issues exist, such as change in skin color ranging from paleness to jaundice. If you see any of these issues, or other health problems such as anemia, fever, or an inflamed nasal passage, take your baby to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
Development Milestones at 2 to 4 Months Old
- Your baby turns his or her head in response to sounds
- Your baby is able to coo or smile
- Your baby is able to follow people with his or her eyes and can now recognize faces
- Your baby is able to hold his or her head up on their own
- Your baby reaches for objects and can properly grasp them
- Your baby can push up on his or her elbows when lying down on their stomach
Development Milestones at 6 to 9 Months Old
- Your baby can bring objects to his or her mouth accurately
- Your baby looks at objects with ease
- Your baby can roll over from stomach to back and from back to stomach
- Your baby can move items from one hand to the other
- Your baby can pick up smaller objects with his or her fingers
- Your baby has started crawling
- Your baby recognizes different types of sounds and different words
- Your baby can sit on his or her own without having help
- Your baby can bounce when standing but still requires assistance
Development Milestones at 1 Year Old
- Your child has started exploring and is capable of finding hidden objects
- Your child can either walk on his or her own, or with assistance by holding onto objects or furniture
- Your child understands and follows various instructions
- Your child is starting to say more words
Development Milestones at 18 Months Old
- Your child is able to scribble on paper on their own
- Your child can now stand and walk
- Your child no longer needs help eating with a spoon
- Your child can drink from a cup without help
- Your child can understand more instructions
- Your child can point to indicate items they want
- Your child can say more single words
If you recognize any issues with your child’s development, physical stature, or overall health, it may be an indicator of a birth injury. If someone’s negligence was the cause, our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Beam Legal Team are here for you to protect your rights.
You can hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and seek compensation to cover long-term medical expenses, physical and occupational therapy, and any care that may have resulted from the injuries.