Many children who suffer from oral malformations like cleft lips or cleft palates will also suffer from the psychosocial problems associated with looking different from everyone else at a young age. Often, doctors will suggest surgery when a child is born with a birth defect , in hopes of correcting the issue and allowing a child to live a normal and healthy life, free of rejection and taunting connected with their birth defect. Unfortunately, some people do not have their malformations corrected in their early years and those individuals are at a higher risk to develop issues with self image and self esteem.
The Challenge with Adolescents
As children grow older, a birth defect may have a more drastic effect on their self-esteem, social skills, and behavior. This elevated risk could have a dramatic influence on how individuals view themselves and could harm their ability to form relationships with peers. Increased anxiety and dissatisfaction with peer relationships can probably be linked to the associated stigma of visible deformities and speech abnormalities. The challenge for families of adolescents with birth defects is to be aware of the psychosocial challenges that these people may face. Professionals note that it is well documented, through various forms of research, that these individuals face some difficult challenges as they grow older. Birth defects attorneys urge parents and families to seek professional help if any issues do arise.
Birth Defects Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
Many parents who have children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate are often overwhelmed and, in some instances, confused about their legal rights. In cases where Topamax is involved, our professionals will indeed be necessary. Topamax is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat epileptic seizures and migraine headaches. The drug has been shown to cause the development of oral clefts in utero when taken by pregnant women. If you given birth to a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate and you believe Topamax may be to blame, Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.