The birth of a child should be the most beautiful time in a mother’s life, but for some people in Maryland, birth injury is a reality. Not every birth injury is easy to see. So here are the top 8 symptoms to watch out for if you or a loved one is having a baby:
- Number 1 (Urination issues): Monitor your baby’s urinary function. Get help if the baby hasn’t urinated in the first 16-24 hours.
- Number 2 (Bowel issues): Consult your doctor if the baby has had no bowel movement in the first 48 hours.
- Body Temperature. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, get help if the baby’s temperature is over 100.4 degrees F and the baby is under 2 months of age.
- Breathing Issues: If the baby is having trouble breathing, it can be detectable through the baby’s breathing rate or the changes in the skin color of the baby (e.g., skin seems to turn blue). In terms of rate, anything approaching 60 breaths per minute or more should be concerning. Or if the baby is struggling to breathe so much, you see the ribs. Other signs of danger include strange breathing sounds, such as wheezing (whistle sounds) or grunts.
- Jaundice. Any yellowish coloring of the skin or eyes.
- Paralysis of the Face. This can be a sign of various problems, including a head injury during birth or Bell's palsy.
- Arm or Hand Issues. If the hand is curled into a “claw” shape or the arm seems to have no function, this could be the sign of nerve damage.
- Seizures. If a baby has seizures the family should immediately call for help as this can be a sign of brain bleeding, a birth injury where the baby’s brain was oxygen deprived, or various other conditions.
What Do I Do If My Baby Has a Birth Injury?
In situations where there is a baby with a birth injury, it is important to immediately get the facts on why it happened, and that requires professional assistance. Law firms, like Brown & Barron, have specialized expertise to evaluate the facts of a birth injury and determine if malpractice occurred. A specialist called a life plan expert will then work to determine the full amount the victim and the family will need to cover the economic losses and future expenses (e.g., medical, accessibility, and therapy needs) in addition to the pain and suffering that they will have to endure, perhaps for decades.
Contact Brown & Barron online or call 410-346-0206 to schedule a free case review with a with a birth injury lawyer serving Maryland and Washington, D.C.