Occasionally, neurological or brain disorders may occur in newborn babies. Premature babies (born before 37 weeks gestation) are especially at risk. Neurological complications may result from birth trauma, a difficult delivery, or when the baby takes in too little oxygen during the birth process.
The most common types of neurological problems in newborn babies include the following:
Neurological disorders may be serious. Severe bleeding or tissue damage in the brain can destroy brain cells and cause long-term illness for the baby.
Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding disorders of the brain and nervous system, for which we have provided a brief overview.
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