Welcoming a new life into the world is a joyous occasion, but it is important to be vigilant about injuries that may occur during childbirth. While some injuries are immediately apparent, others may manifest later.
Recognizing these unexpected signs can lead to timely intervention and better outcomes for your child. It may also indicate malpractice on the part of the doctor and medical staff who performed the delivery.
Delayed developmental milestones
According to the CDC, 1 in 33 newborns experience birth injuries. One sign of a potential birth injury is a delay in achieving developmental milestones. Keep an eye on your child’s progress in areas such as crawling and walking. If you notice significant delays compared to other children their age, it may indicate an underlying issue.
Difficulty with motor skills
Birth injuries can impact a child’s ability to control their movements. Difficulties with fine or gross motor skills, such as grasping objects, sitting up or maintaining balance are typical of a birth injury.
Unusual muscle tone
Abnormal muscle tone can be a subtle yet important indicator of a birth injury. Floppy or stiff limbs are signs that may become apparent as your child grows and attempts to engage in physical activities.
Challenges with sensory processing
Birth injuries can also affect a child’s sensory processing abilities. Watch for signs like overreacting or underreacting to stimuli such as touch, sound or light. This may be a cause for concern.
Behavioral and emotional differences
Birth injuries often lead to changes in behavior and emotions. Look for signs of irritability, excessive fussiness or difficulty in regulating emotions. Additionally, observe how your child interacts with others and their environment to identify any unusual patterns.
Speech and language delays
Birth injuries may impact a child’s ability to communicate effectively. Pay attention to their progress in speech and language development. Difficulty forming words, limited vocabulary or challenges in expressing thoughts may warrant further investigation.
Persistent health issues
Certain birth injuries can lead to ongoing health concerns. Chronic issues such as respiratory problems, seizures or gastrointestinal difficulties may be indicative of a birth injury that requires attention.
Early recognition of these indicators allows for prompt intervention, leading to improved outcomes for your child. If you observe any of these signs, consult with a health care professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate guidance toward the best possible care for your child’s future.