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What is Erb’s palsy?

As an expectant parent in Annapolis, you are left waiting nine months for the arrival of your baby. Once the time comes to deliver, that anxiety likely lessens knowing that the process is almost over. Yet complications during delivery can easily leave you feeling more stressed than ever, as such issues can cause harm to your baby. One of the more common results of delivery complications is Erb’s palsy, which, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, occurs in one or two of every 1,000 live births.

What is Erb’s palsy? It is a condition that arises from damage done to the brachial plexus network of nerves in the neck. These nerves help to provide movement to hand, fingers, arms and shoulder. Indeed, the main symptoms of this condition are weakness, loss of feeling, or even partial or total paralysis in one arm.

Because arm movement is so limited in newborn babies, it is often your child’s pediatrician that may discover this condition in the subsequent days and weeks after his or her delivery. In most cases, your child will recover movement. However, as damaged nerves take a long time to recover, the entire process can take as long as two years. In some rare cases, the condition can be permanent.

The injury that often causes Erb’s palsy happens when your baby’s neck is stretched to the side during delivery. This can result from any of the following scenarios:

  • Large babies
  • Breech presentations
  • Prolonged labor
  • The use of external force to assist with the delivery

Doctors should exercise extreme caution in such scenarios so as to avoid any sudden jerking movements that could result in nerve damage in your newborn.

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