Expectant mothers in Texas should know about a condition called cephalohematoma, which can develop if too much pressure is placed on the baby's head during delivery. Such trauma, even when minor, can rupture the small blood vessels in the baby's head and cause blood to pool (hematoma) underneath the scalp. The pooling is gradual, so cephalohematoma is usually detected hours or days after birth.
Infants who are born during a traumatic birth in Texas may experience facial nerve palsy as a result. Facial nerve palsy is a condition that causes the loss of the voluntary muscles in the infant's face. In an estimated 88% of cases of facial nerve palsy, the cause is due to birth trauma.
Medical mistakes are the third most common cause of death in Texas and around the country. Some medical malpractice victims who survive require around-the-clock medical care for life, which is why the damages awarded in these cases are often high. Many states, including Texas, have passed laws that limit the amount of compensation that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases, but these laws sometimes only apply to non-economic damages.
A newborn infant can have many health complications that lead to long-lasting effects on the child. Most problems, however, are treatable if physicians detect and diagnose the issues fast enough.
The use of forceps during delivery can result in injuries both to the baby and to the mother. Texas residents should know that while most of the injuries are minor, others can be serious. The minor injuries include bruising and scratches around the baby's face and head. On the other hand, a deep cut may lead to infection. If the mother is HIV-positive, the baby will risk contracting the infection.