There are many types of birth injuries that a newborn can suffer, including hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) due to the brain’s inability to absorb or drain the CSF through the brain’s ventricles.
Hydrocephalus is a serious condition that often presents itself at birth. In some cases, hydrocephalus is not immediately detected by doctors, resulting in serious complications to the baby. It can even prove fatal.
If you are a new parent, you should be aware of the physical symptoms indicating that your child may be suffering from hydrocephalus. These symptoms include:
- Increasing head circumference
- A soft spot at the top of the head
- Large and bulging eyes
- Very evident scalp veins
A child with hydrocephalus may also show behaviorial symptoms, including:
- Increased irritability
- High-pitched crying
- Poor feeding habits
- Projectile vomiting
- Abnormal sleepiness
- Developmental delays
If your child has suffered from hydrocephalus and you think the doctor may have been negligent, you should contact one of our experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.