Mental Illness May be Tied to Birth Injuries
Infants are some of society’s most vulnerable members, but they are also sometimes the victims of medical negligence and malpractice. Brachial plexus injuries have recently been linked to the development of mental illness in teenagers, calling into question much of what doctors know about birth injuries and their long-term effects. While birth injuries are, to some degree, a part of life, some argue that more needs to be done to prevent these accidents from occurring in the first place.
Birth Injury Damage
These injuries can occur virtually any time, but most frequently, they happen when a baby’s shoulder or arm becomes stuck behind their mother’s pelvic bone. This causes nerve damage to the shoulder, arm and fingers. Some experience numbness and decreased gripping abilities. Others suffer no obvious long-term impacts. A Swedish study has recently connected brachial plexus injuries to the development of mental health issues in teenagers. In general, the study found that girls were disproportionately affected by their brachial plexus injuries, as were teens from lower income homes.
How Prevention Can Help
The main takeaway from the Swedish study? More needs to be done to prevent these brachial plexus birth injuries from occurring at all. Because they are preventable injuries with such serious long-term consequences, doctors and nurses need to do everything possible to prevent such accidents from occurring. More care needs to be given to the victims, too, even after the physical impact of their injuries have seemingly healed.
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