During delivery, infants sometimes suffer broken bones and fractures as their skin and bones are very frail. In several instances, light bruising is a common aspect of the delivery, but the occurrence of fractures and broken bones usually suggests that something went wrong during the birthing process that could have been avoided. Doctors have a duty to exercise caution to make certain that the infant is not subjected to unnecessary harm as a result of medical errors.
Although it is not easy to detect birth injuries, there are a few clues that suggest that a baby is suffering from a broken bone. There is swelling surrounding the broken bone, clear evidence of pain, such as prolonged crying and inability to move the broken limb.
The most common birth injury is a clavicle fracture, or collarbone fracture. In almost all cases, it takes place during a delivery that has been turbulent and stressful. Among the usual symptoms linked to a clavicle fracture are crying upon making contact with or moving the affected area, lack of or very little movement in the affected area (usually the arm on the side of the fracture), the appearance of the affected side to slouch and be lower than the side that is unaffected, and the appearance of a lump in the affected area, usually a few weeks following the injury.
Among the symptoms of bone fractures in the legs, arms and other limbs are pain and swelling, redness and bruising, lack of capacity to move the limb in the fractured area, and deformity, which is usually noticeable. It is imperative that parents seek treatment immediately for infant fractures, because if left untreated, they can lead to permanent problems.