Keep Your Baby Healthy – Be Aware of Birth Injuries
For an expectant mother and her spouse, nothing beats the joy and excitement of a newborn baby coming into their lives. But that excitement can suddenly turn into despair after getting an unpleasant news that their baby is not well. This can be a tragic moment for the parents. From the instance that the baby comes out and is injured, they should be given immediate attention or else the injury can become long term and non-recoverable.
According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher and Falkenberg, medical professionals play such a crucial role in the maintenance of the health of an expectant mother that the slightest error can result to a preventable congenital impairment for the baby. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the number of birth injuries in the United States is increasing. The study focused on the delivery of babies during a 9-year interval from 2000-2009. For this period, birth complications grew to a staggering 75%. Recent birth injury statistics also revealed that approximately 6 out of every 1,000 births in the US yielded mild to severe birth inuries.
The rise in the number of birth injuries have been attributed to several factors. The health of the mother plays an important role in the health of the baby. If the mother is into smoking, drinking, or drugs during her pregnancy, chances are the baby is in danger of becoming unhealthy. Obesity also plays a crucial role in the pregnancy of the mother. Mothers who have kidney disease or diabetes are also likely to have unhealthy babies.
When babies incur birth injuries, it is usually due to the following factors:
- Improper choice of delivery method
- Delay in treating lack of oxygen, infection, and/or internal bleeding
- Wrong dose or type of medication
Examples of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice or the inexperience of the medical team that handled the pregnancy. While they are not preventable, birth injuries can be prevented by a healthcare provider. Here are some examples of common birth injuries:
Brachial Plexus Injury
Brachial plexus injury or Erb’s palsy occurs in 1 out of 1,000 births. The condition takes place at the brachial plexus, a network of five nerve groups that runs from the tips of the fingers to the spinal cord and thoracic vertebrae. Brachial plexus injury is caused by the rupture of complete tearing of the nerve root from the spinal cord.
The incidence of cerebral palsy is caused by circumstances such as infant prematurity, trauma during labor or oxygen deprivation. Its most notable symptoms are impaired movement and motor function.
In this condition, the embryonic neural tube failed to seal itself prior to birth. This tube will become the spine and the brain of the baby. The abnormalities usually take place near the base of the spine.
For the treatment of birth injuries, the parents will have a vital role. They need to undergo emergency medical care to reduce the possibility of complications. They should also work with medical professionals in creating a long-term treatment plan.