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Infant brain damage: What symptoms should you look for?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

As a parent, it goes without saying that your child’s health and safety are your top priority. You can move mountains to ensure that your baby is adequately taken care of before, during and after birth. Unfortunately, despite parents’ best efforts, it is not uncommon for babies to sustain injuries during birth.  

Brain damage is one of the most devastating injuries an infant can sustain before or during birth. If your infant’s brain injury is attributable to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. But how can you tell if your baby has suffered brain damage?

Physical signs of brain damage

Brain injuries tend to be more evident when the infant exhibits the following physical symptoms:

  • A lump between the skull bones
  • Discoloration around the eyes and behind the ears
  • Cuts, bumps or bruises on the head
  • A clear fluid flowing from the nose and ears

Abnormal physical functioning can also be a sign of brain damage in infants. 

Behavioral signs of brain damage

As the baby grows, it may show behavioral signs of brain damage. A baby who is exhibiting drastic actions or shifts in emotions could be having brain problems. Some of the behavioral signs of brain damage may include:

  • Increased sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Loss of recently acquired skills like speaking, walking and potty training
  • Erratic change in habits
  • Lethargy or increased irritability

Behavioral changes could also be a sign of abuse. It is important to seek expert help for an accurate diagnosis before taking action. 

Brain damage can have life-long implications on the infant. If you suspect that your child has suffered brain damage that was otherwise preventable, you deserve justice. Understanding your legal options can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your little one.