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Nerve Damage at Birth

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 11/06/2015

Back in May, Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day concentrated on #mymilestones, sharing what those with spinal injuries have achieved post injury. Often, the spinal injuries suffered by children at birth result in lifelong injuries.

Spinal Chord Injuries can be avoided

How Do Babies Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries?

Children can achieve a great deal following a spinal cord injury, but in some cases the injury could have been avoided all together.

The spinal cord contains a bundle of nerves that carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. During childbirth, this cord can be damaged by doctors who use too much force during birth. For a majority of the time, births go smoothly and babies are born free of complications. But, in the instances where this isn’t the case, lifelong injuries can be occur.

Sometimes, a baby's head will need rotating to help it through the birth canal with the help of forceps. These are pulled gently to assist the delivery. It is at this point that the baby's spinal cord is at risk. Your baby could be at risk if you have:

  • • A vaginal breech birth
  • • A large baby
  • • Experienced an abnormal or excessive traction during delivery
  • • A delivery involving instruments, especially forceps

A Care Package for Your Child

Babies that are fortunate enough to survive a traumatic birth are often left with enduring health conditions that can put severe tension on finances, mental health and the physical health of the whole family unit. Not only does a financial settlement help to alleviate some of this stress, it can help to provide for a care package to make sure your child gets the support they need from health and care professionals for life.

Don’t be put off making a spinal cord medical negligence claim, especially when your child is in need of expert care. Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week was all about what milestones those with spinal cod injuries have reached. With the help of a medical negligence solicitor, you too can help your child reach those milestones.

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