The symptoms of infant dystonia may not be readily apparent in the days immediately following your child’s birth. However, in the weeks and months that pass, you may begin to notice symptoms that concern you. These symptoms may include:
- Uncontrollable movements such as constant twitching, shaking, or blinking
- Dragging a leg
- Foot cramps that make the foot sensitive to touch or to pressure
Any symptom that you notice should be discussed with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
Diagnosing Infant Dystonia Disorder
There are muscle symptoms that may be signs of infant dystonia disorder, but this is a neurological condition and may sometimes be misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy. Infant dystonia disorder may be genetic or may be the result of oxygen deprivation during birth or an infection acquired in the hospital.
It’s important for an accurate diagnosis to be made, so your child can get the necessary treatment. If infant dystonia disorder is suspected, the condition is typically confirmed with a head CT scan or an MRI. Sometimes, an EEG will also be used.
Protect Your Child’s Rights and Future
Currently, infant dystonia disorder is an incurable condition. However, there are treatments available. Those treatments may include medications, surgeries, and physical therapy.
If your child suffers from infant dystonia disorder because a doctor, midwife, or hospital was negligent during your pregnancy, labor, delivery, or during your hospital stay, your child may be entitled to a legal recovery. However, you’ll need to fight for compensation with the help of an experienced and empathetic birth injury lawyer.
Our legal team wants your child to have the necessary medical care and financial security if someone else’s negligence caused his infant dystonia disorder. We will fight hard to hold the responsible parties accountable and to help your child recover for this birth injury. Call us to learn more.