Common Forms of Birth Injury

A new addition to the family is usually a joyous time. Birthing a baby is a very big event, involving several months of preparation and readiness. However, most mothers have a sixth sense that they use in order to detect when there is something wrong with the baby. It may cry a bit more than usual, because it’s in pain or it might develop a bump on the head. These forms of injury could potential cause great harm to its overall welfare. And the worst part is that its innocent life was put into danger simply because it was born.

Birth injury is happening less and less with time as healthcare technology keeps getting better, pushing performance levels to the edge in an attempt to save lives. Some parents may not know that the injury their baby sustains came at birth. While most of them are harmless, it is important to know what they are so you can take appropriate action. Here are some of the more common forms of birth injury:

Caput Succedaneum

This form of injury occurs when there is severe swelling of soft tissues of the scalp. The condition develops as the baby passes through the canal. The swelling usually goes away within a few days.


Cephalohematoma is bleeding underneath one of the cranial bones. It usually appears several hours after birth as a bump or lump on the head. If the lump is particularly large, there is a risk that the baby could develop jaundice, especially if it is left for too long.

  Bruising  and Forceps Marks

Sometimes, when the birthing process is especially difficult, the doctor will use forceps to help the baby along. This is considerably dangerous it can cause  bruising , potential brain damage, nerve damage, and temporary lacerations. If the doctor isn’t careful, he could damage the babies life for a long time, if not the rest of its life.

Facial Paralysis

The cause of facial paralysis is the  bruising  of particular nerves in the face and around the head. It is usually notice immediately once the baby cries, because only one side of the face is moving. However, the injury is sometimes much worse and surgery may be required.

The threat of birth injury is still very real. Although, technology and lessened its occurrence, over half of birth injuries can be prevented with careful medical patient care.