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Birth Injury Signs and Symptoms

What are signs that a birth injury has occurred?

Identifying a birth injury is not an easy task. In some cases an injury may be evident immediately after delivery. Often, however, symptoms of a birth injury may not appear until months or even years later.

Some initial signs of a birth injury include:

  • Abrasions, bruises or swelling on the infant’s face, head or shoulder
  • Seizures that develop within 48 hours
  • The infant’s failure to begin breathing immediately following delivery
  • An infant requiring resuscitation (CPR, breathing tube) at the time of delivery
  • A “floppy” appearance indicating lack of muscle tone
  • One arm that is limp in appearance

Birth injury symptoms that can appear later in a child’s development include lack of muscle coordination, failure to reach, or delay in reaching developmental milestones such as rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking.

These symptoms are meant to be basic guidelines. Only a physician can properly diagnose a birth injury. Therefore, consult with a physician if you think your child is showing signs of delayed development. If you believe your child has a birth injury that may have been caused by negligent medical care, one of our birth injury lawyers may be able to help. We have over 30 years of experience representing families like yours in birth injury cases resulting from substandard care. Our team of registered nurses will listen to your concerns and help get your questions answered.