Erb’s palsy happens when the baby’s neck is stretched during delivery. This can cause damage to the upper nerves of the neck and shoulder. The nerve damage can then cause certain muscles in the baby’s arm to be weak. Over time, the baby can recover movement. He can also recover feeling in the arm. In some cases, long-lasting damage can occur.
Talk with the doctor about the best treatment plan, which may include:
Physical therapy and activity—This can help keep your baby’s joints and muscles flexible and strong. You will take an active role in moving your baby’s shoulder, arm, and hand. Massage may also be an option.
Surgery—This may be recommended in cases where there is no improvement.
When your child is older, other treatments may be recommended, such as:
Muscle and tendon transfer (surgery to improve function)
Joint fusion surgery
To help reduce your baby’s chance of Erb’s Palsy, take the following steps:
Have regular prenatal care visits.
Tell your doctor if you have had previous difficult deliveries.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
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