Caput Succedaneum

Caput succedaneum is a condition marked by scalp swelling, typically during or shortly after birth. It is usually caused by pressure from the mother’s uterus or vaginal wall during delivery. Bruising of the scalp is more likely to happen during a long and difficult labor, especially in situations when the amniotic sac has broken and the baby’s head is unprotected while passing through the birth canal.

Caput succedaneum can also be caused by the use of vacuum extraction devices during a protracted delivery.

Risk Factors Involved with Caput succedaneum

There are a few risk factors that can lead to this condition. These risks include:

  • A prolonged or difficult labor
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Low levels of amniotic fluid in the uterus
  • Delivering a baby for the first time
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • Certain fetal positions, such as being head down
  • Delivery requiring instruments, such as forceps or a vacuum

Caput Succedaneum Causes

Caput succedaneum is most commonly caused by pressure placed on the infant’s head as it passes through the cervical opening and into the vaginal canal. This pressure is caused by vaginal wall and uterine pressure and tension.

Another condition called cephalohematoma can also occur. This is different from caput succedaneum because the fluid that builds up is often deeper in the scalp and mostly composed of blood from broken blood vessels.

Caput succedaneum Symptoms

According to Medical News Today, symptoms include: 

  • Scalp swelling 
  • Puffiness on the top center of the head where the bones meet after birth
  • Scalp bruising
  • Facial brusing

Costs Associated with Birth Injuries

Birth injuries are often lifelong complications that require consistent medical treatment and rehabilitation. Depending upon the severity of the injuries, the financial costs associated with birth injuries can range from several thousands to over a million during the lifespan of a child with birth injuries.

For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifetime costs associated with a child who has cerebral palsy (CP) is around $1 million. The costs associated with a child who suffers hearing loss after a birth injury typically ranges around $400,00.

It is important to remember that if your child’s birth injuries are a result of medical negligence and carelessness, the medical staff, hospital, and/or physician may be liable for damages. A complex litigation attorney can help. At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and full compensation for injuries caused negligence. The Michel Brady Lynch Firm regularly takes on the largest corporations in the world with a track records of proven success and results. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.

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