There are many type of different birth injuies and in this blog post i will list some of the most common ones.
Brachial palsy occurs when the brachial plexus (the network of nerves located beneath the collar bone that supplies the arms and hands) is injured. It is common when there is difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulder, called shoulder dystocia. The baby may lose the ability to flex and rotate the arm and a permanent disability could result.
Cerebral Palsy is one of the most severe birth injuries that can occur. It is characterized by muscle spasms, weak muscles, and lack of development with motor skills. There is no cure for cerebral palsy.
Caput is a severe swelling of the soft tissues of the baby’s scalp that develops as the baby travels though the birth canal.
Pressure on the baby’s face during birth or labour may cause the facial nerve to be injured. This quite frequently occurs with the use of forceps for delivery. The injury is often seen when the baby cries when there is no movement on the side of the face and the eye may not close. If the nerve is simply bruised, the condition should heal within weeks however if it continues minor surgery may be needed.
A problem with formation of the hip joint. The location of the problem can be either the ball of the hip joint (femoral head), the socket of the hip joint (the acetabulum), or both.
Subconjunctival haemorrhage is the breakage of small blood vessels in the eyes of a baby. One or both of the eyes may have a bright red band around the iris.
Perinatal Asphyxia occurs when the newborn does not receive sufficient amounts of oxygen. This condition can cause labored breathing, pale complexion, seizures, coma, or even shock. This could completely clear up or it could cause permanent neurologic damage.
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*First published May 15, 2013
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