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The Erbs Palsy Association
of Ireland
Charity registration number CHY13096

John Hurley


Tel: 086 66 66 200

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What Treatment is Available?

Babies are left untreated for the first 2-3 days of their life so that the nerves are given a chance to recover. Before the baby goes home physiotherapy is commenced.

Once the baby is at home, a complete passive range of movement is started, to keep the joints and muscles healthy. This treatment is provided by the physiotherapist.  The affected arm should be moved so that it mimics the normal movement of the good arm.

The baby should be encouraged to feel the arm and maybe suck the fingers, this is done so that maximum sensation can reach the brain and the baby does not forget it has another arm to use.  It is not advised to pin the baby's arm to the cot or to use any kind of splint with restricts the arm's movement.

If after two months the affected arm has not recovered it is recommended that the child is seen by a specialist in this form of injury. There are many techniques that can be used to help the arm.

Some of these are: