The birth of a baby is a traumatic affair for the child and mother. Unfortunately, in some birth cases, injuries do occur to the newborn child. A cephalohematoma is a birth injury that is identified by bleeding beneath the bones in the child’s cranium. The cause of this condition may be from long second stage of labor. It can also be caused from the use of instruments like a vacuum extractor during delivery. There are many complications that could develop to the child from cephalohematoma.
One of the signs and symptoms that appear are a raised lump on the baby’s head. The lump may rise up hours after the birth and can be of different sizes. The bump on the baby’s head may last anywhere from weeks to months before it completely goes away.
However, if the cephalohematoma is very large, the baby may develop complications. This condition could include jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin due to the buildup of bilirubin, low blood pressure or hypotension or anemia, which is low iron in the blood.
In addition, a newborn with cephalohematoma may also be at risk for infections like meningitis or osteomyelitis, which is a bone infection.
In some cases, a cephalohematoma may result in a skull fracture which may progress to even more severe complications in a newborn. This complication includes stroke and traumatic brain injury. In some reported cases, the child may require reconstructive surgery.
If your child has suffered from cephalohematoma in Illinois, please call us for an immediate free consultation. Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago and Illinois birth injury cases for more than 40 years.
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