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Can Newborns Have a Stroke?

A perinatal stroke is, many times, the result of a blockage or breakage of a blood vessel in the brain. It can occur in the womb or within the first month of birth, resulting in brain damage. Sadly, the signs of a stroke in a fetus or newborn baby may not be immediately recognizable and can pose long-term complications. Here’s what you need to know about this condition.

Risk Factors

While the causes of perinatal strokes are not entirely known, there are some associated risk factors, such as:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Infections
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Placental disorders
  • Birth trauma (asphyxiation)

Warning Signs

Since strokes in babies are relatively uncommon, doctors may not always look for the warning signs. A baby that has had a stroke either in the womb or after birth may have seizures. Some tell-tale signs of seizures are:

  • Twitching of the arms and legs
  • Jerking movements
  • Paused breathing
  • Staring

A newborn may also be extraordinarily sleepy or have weakness or paralysis on one side of their body. If the signs are very mild or go undetected, the following symptoms can show up as the child grows older:

  • Numbness/weakness
  • Paralysis on one side of the body
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty moving
  • Developmental delays
  • Seizures

The Long-Term Effects of a Perinatal Stroke

A perinatal stroke is one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy. Other long-term complications may include:

  • Brain damage
  • Neurological impairment
  • Muscle problems
  • Movement challenges
  • Sensory issues

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

It’s a devastating event for parents to learn their child has suffered a birth injury — and when it could have been prevented, it can make it that much more disheartening. When it comes to medical professionals failing to act accordingly and perform the legal standard of care, you have the right to hold them accountable for their careless actions.

When you need help taking legal action, The Beasley Firm, LLC is here to help protect your rights to pursue compensation and justice against those responsible for the birth injury your baby sustained. You can trust us to be in your corner every step of the way.

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