Seizures After Birth And A Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis As Explained By Prince George’s County Birth Injury Lawyer Marcus Boston
Seizures after birth and a cerebral palsy diagnosis later down the line can leave many parents with a lot of questions.
“How did this happen?”
“Was there something that I did during my pregnancy which caused this?”
“If I have more children in the future will they have CP too?”
The above are just some of the questions that parents have asked me and voiced concerns over regarding their current situation.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
The medical literature defines cerebral palsy (“CP”) as a group of disorders which affect a person and their ability to move, maintain balance, and maintain posture.
In the basic breakdown of the word, cerebral means brain and palsy means a weakness with, or problems using muscles.
CP does not affect each person the same way.
For example, individuals who have a severe form of CP may need assistance walking, or they may not be able to walk or move at all.
In addition, they also may need help and assistance for their entire life.
With that said, a person with a mild form of CP may just walk or move a like awkward.
FETAL TACHYCARDIA AND FETAL DISTRESS One way in which a baby can develop a CP diagnosis is when the baby is in distress during delivery and an emergency C-section is either not performed in time or is not done at all.
In general a baby’s heart rate will range between 110 bpm to 160 bpm.
When the baby’s baseline heart rate starts to climb towards 165 and higher (tachycardia), especially for a considerable amount of time, injury to the baby’s brain can occur.
This is due to usually a lack of oxygen getting to the child’s brain.
If this occurs serious injury to the child can happen.
FETAL BRADYCARDIA AND FETAL DISTRESS Just like having a fetal baseline rate that is too high past the norm is bad for a baby, having one that is too low is also not good.
During a vaginal delivery when the fetal baseline drops to usually below around 100 bpm (bradycardia), especially for a considerable amount of time, then fetal distress may be an issue.
A low baseline heart rate like this can also cause damage to the brain and the lack of oxygen can also come into play.
WANT TO SPEAK TO ME ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S STORY?
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you would like to talk with me about what may have happened, this is what I invite you to do.
Pick up the phone and call me.
I can answer your legal questions about Maryland birth injury law, as it is something that I do all the time.
My number is 301-850-4832.
Remember, it costs you nothing to pick up the phone and call.
Boston Law Group, LLC 2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 301-850-4832 bostonlawllc.com
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