Once a baby is born, the brain already has all the significant parts. However, the nerve connections that are required for all motor development and cognition develop over time. The brain grows once these nerve connections are made, and with it, the skull grows as well. The brain and skull will grow until the child is approximately 5-7 years old.
By this time, the bones in the skull will fully fuse together. Also, brain growth will become limited. When an injury to the brain occurs during birth or to a newborn, the brain will not grow to full capacity. If the brain does not grow to full capacity, the skull will also stay relatively small. This condition is known as microcephaly and is diagnosed by measuring the child’s head in relation to average size for the same age. When a physician diagnosis microcephaly, the cause of this condition must be investigated by reviewing the child’s medical records and birth history.
If your child has been diagnosed with microcephaly, it could be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. Contact an attorney today to have your case evaluated. CALL US ANYTIME (281) 475-4535 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.