Abdominal Trauma (Neonate)
Trauma to the abdomen can be life threatening in babies. Internal bleeding can quickly lead to shock.
If the injury is mild, the baby may feed poorly and be listless. Severe injuries will cause tenderness or pain and vomiting. The child may have bruises. However, the abdomen may not appear to be injured. Internal injuries are difficult to determine and are usually identified by imaging tests.
Following an abdominal trauma, breathing and heart rate are stabilized. Surgery may be needed to stop internal bleeding. Because life threatening injuries may be hard to identify, repeated exams and a hospital stay may be needed.
Medications: The doctor may prescribe medications for pain. Follow the doctor’s instructions when giving these medications to your baby.
Comfort your baby as needed. Try to find positions that ease discomfort.
Try distraction, such as playing music or talking to your baby, to help get your baby’s mind off the pain.
Hold your baby carefully to avoid placing pressure on the injured area.
Follow any instructions about whether or not to give your baby food.
Watch for signs of shock (see below).
as advised by the doctor or our staff.
Special Notes To Parents:
Healthcare providers are trained to recognize injuries like this one in newborns as a sign of possible abuse. Several healthcare providers may ask questions about how your baby was injured. Healthcare providers are required by law to ask you these questions. This is done for protection of the baby. Please try to be patient and not take offense.
Get Prompt Medical Attention
if any of the following occur:
Fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C) rectal
Continuing abdominal tenderness or pain; abdominal swelling
Any signs of shock, including pale or bluish coloring, cool skin, listlessness, rapid heart beat, and shallow breathing