May 24, 2017
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Millions of infants are afflicted with severe brain damage. Brain damage can be caused by many factors, and the result is that the infant may suffer permanent neurological problems and a wide variety of physical ailments. Among the causes of brain injuries in infants are lack of oxygen, physical trauma at the time of labor and delivery, infant jaundice and infections in the body of the mother. As a result of the brain damage, the baby may become disabled and may develop life-long psychological problems.
Baby boy who suffered Erb’s Palsy
Child that suffered nerve injury
Baby girl who suffered Erb’s Palsy
Child birth with nerve damage
Approximately four out of every 1,000 infants carried to term suffer from oxygen deprivation, also referred to as birth asphyxia. Premature infants are at a greater risk of sustaining injury due to oxygen deprivation. Babies start to breathe independently a short time following delivery. If there is a lack of oxygen, doctors have only a small amount of time during which to treat the condition. Just a few minutes of oxygen deprivation could cause permanent brain damage and disorders, including cerebral palsy, impaired vision, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
There are many causes of oxygen deprivation in babies, including complications with the umbilical cord, issues concerning the mother’s blood pressure and constricted airways. Other potential causes are an early separation of the placenta from the uterus, being caught in the birth canal, or a baby developing anemia at birth. However, these complications can be avoided if the physician is careful and attentive in monitoring and providing treatment for fetal distress in a timely fashion.
Infants whose brain cells are deprived of oxygen for long periods of time are more prone to suffering permanent brain damage, as well as injury to their cardiovascular systems, respiratory systems, kidneys, digestive organs and other parts of the body. In the most severe cases, deprivation of oxygen can cause total failure of the organs and death.
Brain damage in babies can be caused by medical mistakes that could occur at the time of labor and delivery. For example, a physician’s failure to correctly use tools to assist in the birthing process could result in brain damage. A doctor might improperly use forceps or vacuums on the baby’s head. Furthermore, if the physician performs the delivery too quickly, the infant can suffer physical trauma, which can cause brain damage.
Other instances of physical trauma include a lengthy, complicated delivery that may cause trauma in the head and brain while the baby’s head is striking against the mother’s pelvic bone, and if the doctor performs an inordinate amount of twisting and pulling during a challenging labor.
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