Signs That Can Indicate Brain Damage in a Young Child

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Every parent watches their child from the day they are born for signs that the child is healthy and developing appropriately. There are few experiences as challenging as watching your child with the growing suspicion that something is wrong. For many parents, what they fear most is the possibility that the child suffered a brain injury during birth.

That feeling that something is wrong can begin shortly after birth or at any later point in your child’s development. It can be difficult to identify behavioral symptoms of a brain injury in an infant, but there are certain physical symptoms that could point to a brain injury. They include:

  • An unusually large forehead;
  • Distorted facial features;
  • An abnormally small head;
  • Stiff neck;
  • An inability to focus the eyes easily; and
  • Seizures.

Seizures And HIE

Seizures are a primary symptom that may be observed early on that can indicate a brain injury occurred at birth. Seizures can be caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), or a lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain during birth. In addition to seizures, HIE can cause issues such as developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

Missed Milestones And Other Symptoms

As your child grows older, you may notice that he or she is missing predicted developmental milestones or is exhibiting other symptoms that are indicative that a brain injury occurred at birth. These symptoms include:

  • Tremors;
  • Paralysis;
  • Sensitivity to light; and
  • Spatial disorientation.

Skills that a child with a brain injury might fail to develop on time include:

  • Sitting up unassisted;
  • Crawling;
  • Standing; and
  • Holding/manipulating objects.

If your child has any of these symptoms and is not meeting his or her milestones, you should investigate a possible brain injury.

Our Direct Experience in the Medical Field Makes a Difference

At Richards & Richards, LLP, we know the difficulties that can come when a child has suffered a brain injury during birth. Parents have so many questions. We can help you fight for the answers and resources your child may need to face and overcome the challenges of a brain injury.
Attorney Veronica Richards is a former nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of experience helping those who have been harmed by medical malpractice. She has been listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2004 and is AV Preeminent-rated* by Martindale-Hubbell.

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