Neonatal seizures can occur and our birth injury lawyers can answer your questions. Find out prevention possibilities and if seizures can be treated.

How are neonatal seizures treated?

A. Seizure activity in a newborn is both alarming and dangerous.  It is alarming because it usually is one of the first signs that a baby has brain damage such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (this is the most common cause of neonatal seizures).  Seizures are dangerous because they can cause further damage to a baby’s delicate brain….

How do medical staff identify and monitor seizures?

Recognizing a neonatal seizure can be difficult because babies often don’t exhibit external signs when experiencing seizure activity. This is why seizures in a baby can often be missed unless a nurse or physician sees signs that prompt them to perform an EEG.  Oftentimes, the only sign that a baby is having a seizure is activity…

Do seizures after birth indicate birth injury?

A. Yes. Neonatal seizures are seizures that occur shortly after birth or during the neonatal period. Neonatal seizures can indicate that a birth injury occurred.  In fact, seizures may be the first (and perhaps only) clinical sign of a brain injury or disorder in a newborn baby. Seizures frequently develop in babies who sustained oxygen deprivation…

Can seizures in a baby be prevented?

A. Yes. Seizures occur in the presence of underlying health issues. Treating underlying concerns (such as neonatal hypoglycemia or meningitis-causing infections) can prevent seizures caused by these conditions.  If a baby experienced a birth injury called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) due to oxygen deprivation in the brain, physicians can often provide brain cooling (hypothermia) treatment right away to help prevent or decrease…

What causes seizures in a baby?

A: There are numerous conditions that can cause seizures in a baby. It is important to remember that seizures are abnormal electrical discharges in the baby’s brain due to an underlying cause. Treating the underlying cause often can alleviate the seizures. In many cases, seizures can be caused by birth injuries, such as those listed…