Brain damage is devastating at any age, but it is particularly traumatic when infants face permanent cognitive disabilities. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, traumatic brain injuries are the leading causes of death and lifelong disabilities in infants and young childre
TBIs can result from blunt force trauma to the head, lack of oxygen to the brain, compression in the birth canal and other factors. Although brain injuries can stem from natural complications, some are the direct results of medical malpractice.
If you suspect that your child suffered brain damage due to a health-care provider’s negligence, contact the Bowling Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans with more than 30 years of trial experience. He can assess your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Here are three symptoms that may indicate infant brain damage in developing children:
1. Cognitive Symptoms
According to the Birth Injury Guide, cognitive symptoms begin to show as the infant grows. They are most apparent when the child misses natural developmental milestones.
Some parents do not suspect a problem until the child goes to school and has learning disabilities. In other cases, such as in children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, the symptoms are more obvious. Signs of cognitive problems include:
Difficulty controlling impulses;
Challenges with processing language;
Inability to concentrate or focus attention;
And issues with remembering and understanding information.
2. Perceptual Symptoms
It can be difficult to notice and diagnose perceptual problems in young children. Spatial disorientation is a common perceptual issue for kids with brain damage. They may also develop hearing or visual disorientation, or display signs of a heightened or abnormal sensitivity to mild discomforts.
3. Physical Symptoms
As infants grow and become more physically active, they may show a variety of brain damage symptoms. Some, such as headaches, are not as obvious as others are, and the symptoms can range in severity. Common physical signs of brain damage include:
Trouble sleeping or waking;
Extreme and frequent fatigue;
Sensitivity to light;
Children with brain damage may also miss crucial milestones in development such as:
Sitting, pulling and getting up without help;
Skipping or hopping;
Navigating stairs on their own;
Eating without assistance;
Coloring, drawing or tying shoes;
And holding and grasping items.
What Symptoms Indicate Brain Damage in Newborns?
A brain injury in an infant is usually obvious. Physical evidence is often noticeable, but this is not always the case. However, most parents will notice one or more of the following symptoms:
Large or misshapen forehead;
Unnaturally shaped spine;
Abnormally small head;
Excessive and unreasonable fussiness;
And difficulty sleeping in a lying down position.
If your infant suffered a birth injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, contact the Bowling Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a New Orleans birth injury lawyer who can assess your case and fight aggressively for the maximum compensation. Schedule a consultation today by calling (504) 586-5200.