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Understanding common birth injuries: part II

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Feb 22, 2017 6:02:11 PM

When New York parents are expecting, it may be beneficial for them to understand the risks that are involved in the childbirth process. As was mentioned in last week’s post, there is a possibility that a baby who sustains trauma during delivery may develop cerebral palsy. This is actually not the only problem that may emerge. An injured newborn may also be at risk for a condition called neonatal brachial plexus palsy, also known as Erb’s Palsy. 

MedlinePlus explains that Erb’s palsy may be present in a baby if he or she exhibits restricted arm mobility after birth. Recognizable symptoms include a weakened grip, bent arm, the inability to spread and unspread the arm, and a complete or partial lack of motion in the arm or hand. This kind of injury may occur when an infant is pulled from the birth canal. For instance, a baby who is delivered in a breech position may have too much stress put on his or her arms. Or, during a head-first birth, a child’s shoulders, head and neck may be extended or tugged in a manner that results in injury. In any of these situations, damage may be caused to the nerves in the upper arm.

According to OrthoInfo, the treatment for brachial palsy is dependent on the severity of the disorder. In some cases, surgery may be necessary if a baby does not recover quickly. Within the first six months of the child’s life, a medical provider may require frequent visits and tests to gauge the progress. Exercises and stretches may be recommended to effectively stimulate recovery; however, if there is not an improvement in the infant’s condition within three months, more invasive treatments may be necessary.

Topics: Medical Malpractice

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