Posted in Child's Health, Labor & Delivery, Babies

Any moms who had complications at birth? Specifically hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy?

Anonymous

I have a 7 month LO and she’s starting to be very difficult in a sense she stiffens her who body when I carry her a certain way or calm her down on my chest last, jerks back with her neck, starting to jerk her body when we feed. Not to mention she is a cat napper so she ONLY sleeps 30 mins/3 naps a day now. She’s sometimes cranky because I know she’s still tired.. After birth they had her in the “cooling process” for 72 hours since they didn’t know if brain damage happened during delivery... She was released from NICU 5 days after birth because they didn’t find anything damaging in her MRI except for something tiny they don’t really feel it would be an issue. Just wanted to see if anyone also gone through a horrific labor and want to know how their LO is doing due to HIE?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 12

    Please take this with a grain of salt because I am not a medical professional. My son used to jerk his head back a lot, stiffen his body, and was not a very good sleeper, so I took him to a craniosacral therapist. (He was also showing signs of flat head, which is the main reason many people see use this type of therapy.) Again, I have no idea if this type of therapy will address your issue but some of the symptoms seem similar to my son's, so thought I'd suggest it.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 12

    She already sees a physical therapist since she’s a little behind on her milestones. But I was thinking of getting her seen by a neurologist. She doesn’t have flat head. But I’m just wondering if this is just a phase and she’s moving the way she is because she’s discovering her muscles. Did you also have a complicated birth?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 12

    Do you mind sharing with me what they told you?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 12

    I was in labor for over 18 hours, pushed for 3, and doctors suddenly discovered that baby was sunny side up (why did it take the docs that long to figure it out? Topic for another conversation). Anyway, that resulted in me having an emergency c-section bc baby's heart rate was dropping and my blood pressure was rising. It was complicated (for me), but did not require any time in the NICU. As for what the craniosacral therapist told me: (I'm paraphrasing) baby's muscles can get stuck in one position as a result of lying in one position for an extended period of time in the womb, so their muscles are stuck similar to having a crick in the neck. This results in the baby favoring one side, which is why they get uncomfortable when forced into a position they don't like, and also what results in flat head. She also advised against too much swaddling because it doesn't allow the baby to release their muscles. The therapy did help him sleep longer stretches. Hope this helps, and that you are able to find a solution soon!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 12

    Thank you for sharing. I dislike that doctors/midwives take long to discover when baby is in distress. I had a similar situation that I believe is the reason why my lo resulted in being delivered without any oxygen. 36 hours in labor, pushed 1 hour 20mins. I should have had a c-section vs a vaginal delivery. I will check with her PT tomorrow, we have an appt with her and see what she suggest.