Our amazing baby boy was born June 10, 2011. He suffered a Brachial Plexus Injury during his birth. Steven's injury is referred to as Erb's Palsy. The purpose of this blog is to make others aware of this injury, and the risk factors during their pregnancy and delivery, so they can reduce the risk of this injury happening to their baby. Brachial Plexus palsy occurs in 2-3 per 1,000 live births. If your child already has a BPI I encourage you to find a BPI Specialist!
Steven is now 14 months old! He is constantly on the move now that he is walking and climbing everything! He has gone from having OT every week to once a month and we are adding Aquatic therapy. There is definitely a need for more Aquatic therapy programs in Indiana! We have only found 2 and have to wait a month for it to start. It's once a week for 7 weeks. It's about an hour away from us. Meanwhile, we are doing therapy at home like always and doing some in our small pool here at home too. Steven has a slight elbow contracture. That means his elbow will not fully extend out. I can straighten it by pulling it straight, but it's uncomfortable for him so he doesn't let me do it easily. It's a daily part of therapy now. I hope it doesn't turn into a big issue. For now his doctors don't think it's going to cause any issues but it could in the future. His doctors said if it gets any worse he could wear a splint for a few hours during the day or at night time. It's crazy how this injury works... when he was first born, we prayed and prayed for that little elbow to bend!! Now we are praying for it to straighten! Most people don't understand all that happens throughout the process of a Brachial Plexus Injury. It's not just a "healing" process and then his arm is "fixed". After we get past one hurdle, there is another one on the other side to get past. It amazes me how my little man is so happy even though he has to go through pain and uncomfortable situations during therapy and everyday life.