A newborn child is one of the most exciting events in a parent’s life. As much of a blessing that the child can be, the hectic lifestyle that follows can make it hard to notice any injuries the infant may have sustained during the birthing process. How can parents be sure whether or not their child received injuries during birth?
Birth injuries are far more common than you might expect. Each year, another newborn sustains an injury every three hours. Some injuries can take months or longer to notice symptoms, so what are the signs of a birth injury?
Know the signs
Signs of birth injuries can vary in how obvious they are. Noticeable symptoms of an injury can include:
- Reduced motor skills
- Dragging feet while walking
- Skull fractures
- Speech problems
These signs are easy to recognize when something is off about your child, but there are other signs that parents may not think is a serious matter at all. Small symptoms can include:
- Trouble eating or suckling
- Arched back while crying
- Light sensitivity
- Slow writhing movements
These symptoms can take years from birth to develop. While much time may have passed since the injury, parents may still be able to file a claim against the hospital responsible.
Trust your instincts
If you suspect that your child is experiencing symptoms related to a birth injury, do not just ignore it and hope for the best. Contact a doctor to review the situation and determine the nature of your child’s behavior. The sooner you confirm an injury, the sooner you can begin seeking treatment and compensation.