Cephalohematomas are a complication most-commonly associated with childbirth, especially forceps deliveries and vacuum extractions. They usually occur when a baby's head is forced into and/or through the birth canal. During this stage of labor and delivery, veins can be torn and blood pools. In most cases, the blood is reabsorbed over the course of a few days. However, where the collection of blood is significant and is associated with other birth trauma, a cephalohematoma may be a sign that your baby has suffered a birth injury, such as:
- Erb's palsy;
- cerebral palsy;
- periventricular leukomalacia; or
- persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
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