Types of birth injuries and symptoms.

There are many types of birth injuries of which some can be temporary or some permanent. Symptoms do vary from one infant to another. Unfortunately some children only see these birth injuries when they start school unless it was seen straight after they were born. The severity will depend on the type of birth injuries. Below you will see examples of some injuries they may occur.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries normally occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen. When the brain is deprived of oxygen it can react in many ways such as:

  • Brain haemorrhage which is when the blood vessels leak into the brain.
  • Brain ischemia which is when the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients.

Physical injuries

Physical injuries which could be muscle related are usually easy to diagnose when pinpointing where the limited movement or paralysis is from.  Common injuries related to this are:

  • Brachial Plexus is when the upper extremity of the arm is injured, usually during delivery. Shocks and burning sensations will be experienced.
  • Erb’s Palsy is a form of brachial plexus marked by the nerves of the upper arm being affected. May experience loss of feeling and weakness in the arm.
  • Klumpke’s Palsy, another form of brachial plexus is caused by damage the lower nerves in the arm. Total paralysis will affect the whole area and the hand will turn into a permanent claw shape.
  • Shoulder Dystocia is a labour and delivery complication of when the head and shoulders get caught behind the mother’s pelvic bone. This only happens to 1% of pregnancies the complications to this injury can be sever.

For Advice or More Knowledge

There are many more injuries that can happen like delivery injuries or injuries developed through pregnancy even infections related to birth injuries. There might not be ways to fix the permanent injury that has occurred but there are ways you can cope with it or handle the situation you are in. If you are interested in knowing more or looking for help please do feel free to visit the website or contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.

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