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Neo Natal Injuries

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Occasionally a baby may suffer an injury during the birth process or the period immediately after birth (the neonatal period). Many injuries are caused by the pressure and stress placed upon the baby whilst in the birth canal, such as bruising, swelling or moulding of the head. These injuries usually resolve very quickly without treatment and have no lasting damage.

There are a number of different types of birth injuries that can result in long term disability despite an appropriate level of care being given by the medical staff. For example a baby may be premature or suffer a bleed in the brain when a blood vessel in the skull ruptures or leaks (intraventricular haemorrhage).

It can be hard to predict when a baby may suffer a birth injury, and not all complications are avoidable, but there are some risk factors that a GP, midwife or obstetrician would be expected to be aware of, and if identified promptly would allow them to take immediate action to prevent a potentially catastrophic injury.

However, depending on the severity of the birth injury, or prematurity, the baby may be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for specialist observation and care.

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