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What is facial nerve palsy?

New parent or not, bringing a child into New Jersey is an exciting and scary time. When a mother is in labor, she is likely concerned about the process, as complications could happen. Even when a pregnancy was healthy and went well, issues could present themselves during the delivery of the baby. If a medical provider does not act appropriately when these issues come about, the newborn could suffer a birth injury.

What is facial nerve palsy? It is a nerve disorder in the face that is caused by birth trauma. This disorder causes the loss of controllable or voluntary muscles in a newborn or infant's face. The cause of this loss of movement is from pressure placed on the facial nerves just prior to or during birth. If there is difficultly during delivery, facial nerve palsy could occur whether or not instruments or forceps are used during delivery.

There are some factors that could lead to the birth trauma that causes this birth injury. This includes large baby size, long pregnancy or labor, use of epidural anesthesia or the use of medicine to cause labor or stronger contractions. Most of the time, though, these factors alone do not lead to birth trauma or the disorder facial nerve palsy.

There are various symptoms related to this birth trauma. This includes an eyelid that does not close on the affected side of the face, lower face appearing uneven when the infant or newborn is crying, the mouth not moving down the same way on both sides while crying or no movement or paralysis on the affected side of the face from the forehead all the way down to the chin in severe cases.

In some cases, this birth trauma can cause temporary issues. However, it can also cause permanent damage, requiring medical treatment and even surgery. Thus, it is important to understand the cause and what options available. If a negligent medical professional is to blame, a medical malpractice action could help address the losses and damages arising from the matter.

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