What is Erb's Palsy?
Brachial Plexis (Erb's Palsy) injury can occur at any time during birth. During the strain of childbirth, the shoulder of the baby could get caught and stretched behind the Pubic Symphysis bone (part of the Pelvis bone). Once the shoulder is caught, the Brachial Plexus can be compressed, stretched or torn.
Many babies with Brachial Plexus injuries are larger than average at birth. However, newborns of all sizes, including premature babies, can have these injuries. A larger baby will have a greater chance of getting caught behind the Pubic Symphysis bone and getting injured severely.
About 1 or 2 babies in 1,000 suffer Brachial Plexus injuries at birth. The symptoms of a Brachial Plexus injury include a limp or paralyzed arm and/or lack of muscle control in the arm or hand.
The process of childbirth is extremely complicated and requires a highly level of care on the part of doctors. Childbirth is extremely unpredictable, in fact, 80% of childbirths have some form of complication. All of these potential complications mean that doctors must make sudden split-second decisions to react to problems during childbirth. Unfortunately, too often a doctor or nurse may make the wrong decision under pressure and that error could cause Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexis).
Modern medical technology and techniques make Erb's Palsy largely preventable.
There are several things doctors can do to decrease the risk of an Erb's Palsy childbirth: such as Estimating the baby's weight before delivery higher-weight babies are more at risk and parents should be informed of this risk, perform a caesarean section, which removes the risk of the shoulder getting caught. If the doctor sees that the baby is not properly aligned, the doctor should use appropriate techniques to prevent the shoulder from getting caught. There are numerous techniques doctors know to prevent the shoulder from getting caught. For example, if the shoulder or the baby is gently shifted, the risk of the shoulder getting caught can be greatly reduced. Or, the doctor could press down on the mother's belly to push the baby's shoulder into the correct position.
Many Erb's Palsy cases are the result of negligence, parents should consider the possibility that a doctor may not done all that is possible to prevent Erb's Palsy and at least request some form of inquiry.
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