In the great majority of cases, the prognosis for infants born with cephalohematomas is very good. These clots generally resolve on their own with only observation after several weeks or months.
Infants with this type of birth injury need evaluation and observation because there is a risk of co-occurring, more serious birth injuries. In addition, serious infections are possible under some circumstances.
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Cephalohematomas Generally Require No Treatment
While most cephalohematomas go away on their own and do not require any significant medical intervention, a full evaluation and close observation are necessary. Because of the nature of this type of birth injury, other injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, could co-occur. In addition, because of bleeding, anemia, jaundice, and other conditions are possible.
Rarely, a cephalohematoma can become infected. Without proper treatment, this type of infection could lead to meningitis.
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A cephalohematoma is a type of blood clot that occurs between the skull and the membrane that covers the skull, known as the periosteum. Like other bruises, this happens because of ruptured blood vessels. In a cephalohematoma, the bleeding can be significant in some cases, and the child may have a very large bruise visible on their scalp or head soon after birth.
A cephalohematoma is a birth injury that can occur as a result of a long or difficult birth, or when doctors use tools to assist the birth. As such, it is possible the baby suffered other types of birth trauma in addition to the ruptured blood vessels and cephalohematoma.
In some cases, a cephalohematoma birth injury may support a medical malpractice case. This is especially true if it co-occurs with more serious birth injuries. Often, cephalohematomas are preventable. Many babies born with a cephalohematoma would have had a safer, less traumatic birth if their doctor had called for a cesarean section (C-section) delivery because of their size.
In some cases, this type of injury can also occur because a doctor uses forceps or a vacuum extractor device. This is more likely to occur if they use the device improperly or too early in the delivery process.
If your child suffered a cephalohematoma and other birth injuries, you may want to discuss your case with a birth injury lawyer in your state who is familiar with the prognosis for infants born with cephalohematomas and handles medical malpractice cases.
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