Many birth injuries are preventable, but they also may occur randomly without warning. Facial nerve palsy is one such condition. Sometimes, this condition occurs due to something that your doctor did incorrectly. If this is the case, then you should hold the doctor accountable so this does not happen to another baby in the future in Washington.
However, as mentioned, it is not always the doctor’s fault. So, to ensure your case is strong, you need to first learn a little more about facial nerve palsy. Medline Plus explains that this condition causes paralysis to the face due to trauma to the facial nerve. Here are three important things to know about this condition.
- The cause may be unknown
It may be difficult to determine the exact cause of the facial palsy. However, according to experts the use of forceps during birth can increase the chances. In addition, a long labor or large baby could also cause it. Certain medication used during labor, including an epidural, may also lead to the condition.
- Crying can make it more apparent
The easiest way to note facial nerve palsy in a newborn is during crying. The condition typically leads to a paralyzed mouth, so your baby may not make normal movements with his or her mouth when crying. You may also notice a droopy eye or uneven look to the face.
- It often heals on own
Facial palsy often resolves on its own with no lasting effects. However, in a particularly traumatic situation, the nerve may require surgery to remove pressure and help it work normally again. If this becomes permanent, your baby may need therapy to help overcome the paralysis.
Your baby should not have to live with this condition, and no other baby should end up with it if your doctor is at fault. Accountability in labor and delivery is the only way to ensure safety.