Infant Nerve Damage in Newborn Children
Infants deserve to explore the world we brought them in. We engage them in different experiences so that they can grow and develop. Sometimes, they do not get to fully enjoy their rights for something as preventable as nerve injuries.
Among the list of preventable birth injuries are brachial plexus injuries. While this is relatively rare, they do occur and they can have devastating effects. Brachial plexus is the collection of nerves at the neck that supply different parts of our upper limbs. For infants, this structure is prone to damage during the labor and/or the delivery process. These injuries are often caused by the negligence of the healthcare provider, but can also be due to birthing difficulties.
Despite being preventable, infant brachial plexus injuries happen in 0.3 to 2 out of 1,000 live births. It is more common in normal vaginal births by 91% than C-section births at 9%.