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What is infant injury? Infant injury also known as pediatric injury is damage sustained during the birthing process especially difficult child birth. Infant birth injury usually occurs during transit through the birth canal due to forces like compression or traction, or factors that restrict blood flow or oxygen intake.
Is child birth trauma avoidable? Most of the time with proper prenatal medical planning and a highly trained staff, pediatric injury can be circumvented.
In the United States, an average of six to eight significant birth injuries occur per 1,000 live births which contribute to fewer than two percent of neonatal deaths and stillbirths. Common birth injuries include caput succedaneum, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, bruising, and cephalohematoma.
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A difficult child birth delivery, with the risk of injury to the fetus, may occur if the birth canal is too small or the fetus is too large. The latter sometimes occurs when the mother has diabetes.
Infant injury is also more likely if the fetus is lying in an abnormal position before birth. Statistically, the rate of newborn injuries is much lower now than in previous decades. Yet, if it?s your baby ? no one wants to be a statistic for infant birth injury.
What causes infant birth injury? A difficult child birth or injury to the baby can occur because of the baby's size or the position of the baby during labor and delivery. Visit our Pennsylvania Child Disability Website for more information.
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Conditions that may be associated with a difficult child birth include, but are not limited to:
- Big babies who have a birth weight over 8 pounds, 13 ounces.
- Babies born before 37 weeks. Premature babies have more fragile bodies and may be more easily injured.
- The size and shape of the mother's pelvis is not adequate for the baby to be born vaginally. This is known as cephalopelvic disproportion.
- Difficult labor or childbirth is also known as dystocia.
- Abnormal birthing presentation such as a breech delivery where the buttocks come first.
- Prolonged labor which goes on and on allowing for more things to go wrong.
Birth is a time of risk for the human brain, especially in pre-term infants. Anoxic brain injury is a condition which can occur at birth from a lack of oxygen to the brian, even when there is adequate blood flow. Similarly Hypoxia is a condition where there is a decrease of oxygen to the tissue in spite of adequate blood flow to the tissue.
If you had a laber complication that deprived your infant of oxygen at birth, contact our birth injury lawyers to see if there was medical malpractice and if you have a case »