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Can a fracture happen due to forceps while delivering?

Q: I was blessed with a baby who was delivered vaginally by the application of forceps. My baby has soft blister like area on the right side of the head. The doctors informed that it is called cepalhematoma and will heal on its own in about 3-4 months. But after the 3rd day, they took a skull X-ray and suspected some fracture in the skull. Immediately a CT scan was done. The CT scan summary indicated small fracture in the parietal bone and the rest of the bones appears normal. Is this a major fracture? The baby developed jaundice after 2-3 days of birth. Did the fracture happen due to the forceps application?

A:This fracture heals on its own and needs no special care. I think forceps was applied to deliver your baby safely in time and not with any bad intention. These are normal complications which can happen on forceps and are very common and because they have no ill-effect on the health of the baby instead they are life savers and you should be thankful to your doctor.


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