What Every Parent Should Know About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Newborn Brain Bleeds

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newborn baby brain bleedIt can be difficult to trust a doctor after your child has suffered a brain bleed birth injury.  However, it is important to find a doctor you trust to diagnose and treat your child so that your child can make as full a recovery as possible. This blog does not provide medical advice and does not replace the opinion of an educated and responsible physician. Instead, it is meant to provide you with some background information on newborn brain hemorrhages so that you can have an informed discussion with your child’s doctor and get your child the help he deserves.

Diagnosing a Baby’s Brain Bleed

A definitive diagnosis of a brain hemorrhage typically requires medical imaging such as a CT scan or an MRI. You should talk to your child’s doctor about the need for medical imaging if you suspect that your child may have suffered a brain bleed. Some symptoms of newborn brain hemorrhages include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Bulging of the fontanelle (the soft spot on a newborn’s head)
  • Skull deformities
  • Evidence of infection

An early diagnosis is important so that prompt treatment can be provided to minimize the long term effects of the hemorrhage.

Treating a Baby’s Brain Bleed

There are different treatment options for newborns suffering brain hemorrhages. Your baby’s doctor will consider the part of the brain where the hemorrhage occurred and the extent of the bleeding before making a treatment recommendation. Some of the treatment options may include:

  • Medication to treat infection
  • Medication to treat seizures
  • Surgery

Once the bleeding has been treated, additional treatment may be recommended to address any ongoing issues created by the bleeding. This could include, for example, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech and language therapy.

The medical costs can be significant. The other costs, including future lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain and emotional suffering, can also be substantial. Therefore, in addition to working with a trusted doctor to address your child’s medical needs following a brain bleed, it is also important to contact an experienced birth injury lawyer to learn more about what you can do to protect your child’s financial recovery.

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If your family has been impacted by a birth injury you need to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.

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