The treatments for birth injuries can vary widely, depending on the injury’s severity, underlying cause, and how quickly it is diagnosed. Some treatments, like hypothermia therapy, must be administered within 6 hours of the injury, while others, such as physical and occupational therapy, are long-term supportive/remedial treatments.
Protocols for Treating Birth Injuries Can Vary
Birth injuries often result in permanent, lifelong disabilities and injuries. Because birth injuries vary so greatly in severity and type, treatments and therapies are often determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Furthermore, treating a patient with a birth injury often includes several different types of treatments, therapies, surgeries, and procedures.
While many treatments for birth injuries are lifelong therapeutic practices, certain treatments must be given right away. For example, hypothermia therapy (brain cooling) for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) must be administered within six hours of the oxygen-depriving insult. If physicians suspect that a baby might be born prematurely, magnesium sulfate should be given within 24 hours of the predicted time of birth in order to help prevent cerebral palsy and motor dysfunction.
Other common therapies and treatments for birth injuries include the following:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Botox treatments
- Surgery, such as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR)
- Complementary and alternative therapies, such as animal therapy, horseback riding (hippotherapy), and sports therapy
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If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, we encourage you to reach out to a birth injury attorney. Obtaining funds from a successful birth injury lawsuit can help your child secure the treatment, therapy and medical care needed for rehabilitation and a secure future. To begin your free legal consultation with our birth injury attorneys, please contact us in one of the following ways:
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