Many Missouri parents might not be aware of the rare condition called brachial plexus birth palsy. According to authorities, the condition, which is commonly referred to as Erb's Palsy, affects fewer than three babies out of every thousand born in the United States. It causes weakness and a reduction of motion in the arm whose nerves are connected to the brachial plexus with palsy.
Erb's palsy is one of several birth injuries that may be attributed to challenging deliveries. It typically occurs when a baby's neck becomes excessively stretched, perhaps because of the duration of the labor, a breech presentation or the size of the child. However, the condition is not necessarily permanent, and parents whose infants have Erb's palsy can assist in the process of helping their child recover arm function, authorities state. The severity of the injury determines whether recovery is possible and how the child is treated.