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Types of Birth Injuries That Cause Cognitive Impairment

The Link Between Birth Injuries and Cognitive Development

When a baby suffers a birth injury, many complications can arise besides physical health conditions. Cognitive issues can affect fine motor skills, language and speech, and other essential learning skills. Read on to learn more about how cognitive impairment is related to birth injuries.

Common Birth Injuries Related to Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive impairment can be mild or severe, depending on the type of birth injury that a baby has sustained. The following birth injuries are known to cause specific developmental disabilities and delays:

Social anxiety and fine motor skill problems can be associated with oxygen deprivation at birth for a minute or less. When oxygen loss lasts for more than a minute, more severe cognitive disabilities can result, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, and Asperger's Syndrome. Some of the most common birth injuries related to oxygen deprivation are:

  • Hypoxia
  • Anoxia
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Birth Asphyxia
  • Vacuum extraction
  • Forceps

Determining Developmental Delays and Cognitive Impairment

Through each year of your child's life, there are standard milestones that doctors will consider when determining cognitive issues. When a baby does not meet the expected age milestones, it could point to cognitive impairment. If you are concerned about your baby's development and reaching milestones, consult your child's pediatrician. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for developmental milestone information.

Did Your Baby Suffer a Birth Injury? We Are Here For You.

If your child suffered a birth injury that caused developmental delays or cognitive disabilities, it could be a stressful ordeal — especially when not knowing where to turn for help. Birth injuries are preventable. When medical professionals act negligently and cause harm, we are here to hold them accountable for their actions. A child with cognitive disabilities often requires long-term therapies and treatments, which can be emotionally and financially taxing. When it comes to recovering compensation to help pay for your child's future care, know that you are not alone. We'll be on your side to help you through this difficult time.

Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today at (505) 393-6303 to learn how we can assist you.