The brain is the control center for the body and the nerves are its messengers. They relay information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, telling your stomach to digest food and your fingers to pick up a pencil. They also relay information back to the brain and spinal cord, like letting your brain know something is poking you or that you’re hearing music.
Nerve damage can affect your ability to control your body and your ability to sense stimuli. For example, damage to your lower spinal cord can take away your ability to walk even though your legs are undamaged. Damage to the optical nerve can take away your ability to see even though your eyes are healthy. Nerve cells are complex and fragile and damage to them is often irreparable.
Labor and delivery can be a traumatic process for the baby as well as the mother and infants are at risk for nerve damage during birth. Delivery complications or negligence by your doctor can have serious consequences for your baby, including spinal cord damage and paralysis of facial nerves.
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