Learning your child suffered a birth injury is one of the most difficult things any parent can experience. If you’re in that position, you probably want to know how it happened and what you can do for your baby. Thankfully, there are several treatment options for birth injuries. While some conditions come with long-lasting symptoms, others are often treatable.
Physical therapy is a common treatment for birth injuries, especially brachial plexus injuries and cerebral palsy. This treatment helps children with nerve injuries regain strength and range of motion. Children with cerebral palsy can greatly benefit from physical therapy as they develop strength and coordination.
While medication typically won’t cure a birth injury, it can be used to control the symptoms. The most common medications for birth injuries are used to treat pain and reduce muscle spasms caused by palsy. When used properly, this treatment can reduce pain for the baby, control seizures, and work alongside physical therapy to develop muscle strength.
If your child’s condition requires long-term care that will significantly impact their quality of life, you may be eligible for financial assistance from certain foundations or benefits from the federal government. Supplemental security income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can all provide support for struggling parents.
These are just a handful of the wide range of birth injury treatment options available today. Medical science is making huge strides with nerve surgery and hypothermic treatment that can reverse brain damage. Regardless of the treatment options, if your child was impacted by a birth injury, you may want to file a medical malpractice claim with an attorney.