Can a Birth Injury Impact Sensory Processing?

We know the physical impact that an infant may experience as a result of a birth injury, but there are some symptoms that may be exhibited that go far beyond the physical damages that may be sustained. Birth injuries can also have an impact on sensory processing.

This can be a difficult thing for many infants to experience. As such, there should be a firm understanding of what can occur and what can be done to move forward. Here are some of the sensory processing skills that can be impacted due to a birth injury.

Delays in Sensory Processing

After a birth injury, a baby may find it difficult to respond to certain sensory signals that the nervous system is sending and receiving. For instance, if a baby is injured from a fall, the baby may not cry as expected when they have a delay in sensory processing.

Other situations may see the baby cry profusely when lightly touched by a blanket. This is because the way their nervous system sends and receives messages is altered and there could be a sensitivity or delay that causes a different reaction than some babies experience.

Sensitivity to Light and Sound

The senses of a baby may be sensitive as a result of the injury sustained. For instance, the baby may have a sensitivity to sound and even the quietest of sounds can result in the baby waking up in the middle of the night out of a sleep.

There are some things that occupational therapy can help with in terms of sensory processing. This can include specialized toys, joint compression, feeding therapy, relaxing activities, and other activities to help the baby better deal with lights, sounds, and touch.

When a baby suffers a birth injury and the sensory processing is impacted as a result, it can be difficult for the parents and family to understand what comes next and what they can do to help. This is where our team at Beam Legal Team comes into play.

Our Chicago birth injury lawyers are ready to stand by your side and help you pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Trust that we have the experience and knowledge to guide you through each step and seek compensation and justice.

Contact us today at (866) 766-3806 for a free consultation.

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