If your newborn is suffering from seizures, it can be an indication that there is serious neurological damage that was caused by a birth-related injury. A seizure happens when there is an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain, caused by either nerve damage or a problem with the brain’s chemistry. A seizure can cause the body to jerk involuntarily for a few second up to a few minutes. If your baby is suffering from seizures, it needs to be diagnosed immediately and treated so there will not be any permanent damage.
What are Types of Seizures that a Newborn can Suffer From?
There are four different categories of seizures that a newborn can suffer from. Those types include:
- Clonic seizures: this type of seizure comprises approximately 25% of newborn seizures. This is characterized by a slow rhythmic jerk in one body part.
- Myoclonic seizures: this type of seizure involves jerking movements or rapid twitching and this type of seizure could be indicative of severe brain damage. Myoclonic seizures affect premature babies the most.
- Subtle seizures: this type of seizure is difficult to see. Subtle seizures are common with premature infants and are the most frequent type of seizure. Subtle seizures make up roughly 50% of newborn seizures.
- Tonic seizures: this type of seizure affects 5% of infant seizures and can cause sustained contractions. Babies who suffer from this type of seizure may stop breathing for a short period of time and their eyes may roll up.
Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from seizures. Physicians need to closely monitor the baby if there are any risk factors for the baby suffering from a seizure. If your baby has suffered from a birth injury as the result of a seizure caused by medical negligence, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.