What You Should Know About Cephalohematomas
According to statistics, 6 to 8 infants are born with a birth injury out of every 1000 born in the United States. That means that around 1 in every 9,714 infants in the United States are born with birth injuries. Among the ten most common birth injuries encountered in the country is cephalohematoma.
What is Cephalohematoma
Cephalohematoma is a blood clot that occurs in the subperiosteal region. It is located in the region between the child’s skull and the periosteum (the membrane that encloses the skull). It does not have any risk to your child’s brain cells. However, it results in excessive pooling of blood from damaged blood vessels that are located between the inner layers of the skin and skull.
What Causes Cephalohematoma?
Any trauma directed to the infant’s head can possibly lead to cephalohematoma. Some examples include: