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Parents urged to watch for signs of birth injuries

New parents often sit for hours gazing into the faces of their newborns. They may be looking for similarities between the child's face and their own or hoping to catch a fleeting smile. As time passes, they watch for signs that the baby recognizes them and is trying to communicate. Parents in New York who study their babies may also be attuned to signs that the children are in pain or distress. If those symptoms persist, the parents may begin to suspect their children are suffering from birth injuries.

Broken bones, spinal cord damage and skull fractures are among the most common injuries a child may suffer at birth. The use of forceps or vacuum, oxygen deprivation or failure to monitor an infant's vital signs may contribute to injuries. Often, an injury like a bruise or broken bone heals on its own. However, other birth injuries may mean a lifetime of struggle and suffering for the child and his or her parents.

Undiagnosed, some injuries can lead to more serious complications, which is why parents are encouraged to watch newborns closely for signs of birth injuries. A newborn whose cry is high-pitched and combined with arching the back signifies that something may be wrong. Infants who drool excessively, vomit or seem lethargic may also be exhibiting signs of a birth injury. Naturally, a newborn who suffers from seizures, stiffness or obvious issues with seeing or hearing should be examined immediately.

Although it varies from state to state, in New York, the statute of limitations for malpractice claims is two and a half years from the time of birth injuries. This is why it is important for parents to vigilantly observe the milestones their children should be meeting. Parents who suspect their child may have suffered a trauma at birth have the right to seek potential compensation. Money gained from a malpractice claim may ensure one's child has access to the excellent medical care and resources he or she needs.

Source: cerebralpalsysymptoms.com, "Symptoms of a Birth Injury", Accessed on Oct. 2, 2016

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