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How does a baby fracture their clavicle as a baby?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Trying to get out

The collar bone (clavicle) maintains the width of the torso as the baby exits the birth canal and enters the world.
If its a tight fit, the collar bone may fracture or break when the baby squeezes through. This is not uncommon and usually heals without a problem, but nerve damage can occur although this is rare.

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The collar bone (clavicle) maintains the width of the torso as the baby exits the birth canal and enters the world.
If its a tight fit, the collar bone may fracture or break when the baby squeezes through. This is not uncommon and usually heals without a problem, but nerve damage can occur although this is rare.
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Usually at birth

The clavicle is the most likely bone to fx in the birth process as the shoulders fold & try to make it into & through the tight pelvic outlet.
It may take a day or more to become symptomatic or it may be evident on babies initial exam. It is not a common fracture outside the birthing process.

In brief: Usually at birth

The clavicle is the most likely bone to fx in the birth process as the shoulders fold & try to make it into & through the tight pelvic outlet.
It may take a day or more to become symptomatic or it may be evident on babies initial exam. It is not a common fracture outside the birthing process.
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