Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn Which Could Mean Oregon Medical Malpractice

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Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn Explained: Oregon Birth Injury Warning Signs

One of the most worry-full times is having a newborn child.  This is especially true for first-time parents with newborns.  It is not unheard of for parents to constantly check their newborn to make sure he or she is breathing, or to constantly go to the doctor’s for minor things.  This is just part of being a good parent, and sometimes a little bit of a nervous parent.  But there are some things that parents should not ignore.  This is because Oregon birth injuries caused by medical malpractice could have caused catastrophic personal injuries including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and other dangerous or deadly conditions.  Abnormal behavior in a newborn could mean Oregon medical malpractice cause these serious injuries.

It is important to parents to know the warning signs of abnormal behavior because it could allow for early intervention.  This may help a child get the treatment he or she needs to reverse or mitigate the damages caused.  In some situations, early intervention may detect ongoing conditions such as kernicterus.  This is a serious and dangerous birth condition that could result in catastrophic personal injury or even the wrongful death of an innocent child.

Know These Oregon Birth Injury Warning Signs of Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn

The warning signs are very important because they help a family recognize and defend the serious consequences of Oregon medical malpractice resulting in birth injuries.  Since a baby cannot tell you what hurts, and because most newborns already have weakened responses to stimuli which could hint at an injury, it is very difficult to diagnose birth injuries.  But here are some common warning signs that victims should be aware of:

Obvious and Emergency Warning Signs:

  • Blue or very pale appearance 
  • Difficulty breathing, grunting, or hyperventilating 
  • Red in the face or choking
  • Very difficult to wake
  • Skin rashes
  • Any abnormal bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Low oxygen saturation, and
  • Other important conditions.

Less Obvious and Equally Important Warning Signs of Abnormal Behavior in Newborns:

  • Jerky movements
  • Holding one arm still or one leg still
  • Not reacting to stimuli
  • Wheezing or hoarse cough
  • Not tracking faces
  • Not irritating by stimuli
  • Nursing difficulties 
  • Excessively fussy 
  • Poor appetite
  • Fever
  • Shrill crying and excessive crying that is not subdued with cuddling or consoling 
  • Prolonged diarrhea 
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Jaundice lasting more than a few days, or jaundice after a few weeks of birth
  • Loose or flaccid muscles
  • Not reacting to tickling or painful stimuli
  • Unable to lift one’s head from belly time
  • Not moving the head
  • Lack of movement
  • Not grabbing at objects
  • Oversleeping
  • Very drowsy or tired, hard to wake
  • Cranky
  • Different muscle growth in one arm versus the other
  • Cradling or guarding an arm, and
  • Other signs or symptoms which must be troubling.

Does Your Newborn Have Any of These Symptoms?  Ask Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Law Firm for Help

Newborns who demonstrate these warning signs may have a birth injury caused by the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider.  These warning signs are important and families should come to get their newborn immediately checked.  Early intervention could be monumental in helping a newborn.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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