Cephalohematoma, or the collection of blood just beneath the baby’s scalp, is generally not a dangerous condition. The blood collected between the baby’s skin and the skull cannot extend outside the bone’s margin because of a tight connection between the skull and the periosteum, or the membrane that covers the bone. In fact, typical cases of cephalohematoma go away without treatment.
However, cephalohematoma can become extremely dangerous when accompanied by severe health complications. Infant jaundice, or the yellowing of the skin, for instance, may happen when the blood lump in the baby’s head start to break down and produce a chemical called bilirubin. Toxic amount of bilirubin in the infant’s body may cause him or her to develop acute bilirubin encephalopathy, which may lead to long-term impairment and sometimes even death. Other serious complications of cephalohematoma are low blood pressure and anemia due to decreased blood supply.
If you believe your baby’s health condition has resulted from negligent medical care, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 to see if you are qualified to seek legal action against the party involved.