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Baby Wellness: Broken Clavicle

When big babies make their way into the world, sometimes something has to give and in my son's case it was his collarbone. My lil guy's debut was a bit of a struggle. As all nine pounds and four ounces of him squeezed down the birth canal, he fractured his clavicle, which connects the sternum to the shoulder.

Had my lil sister, who weighed in at 12 pounds, 6 ounces, not broken hers when being born, I would have worried. But, since I remembered that the bones reconnect rather quickly on their own and all I'd have to do was scoop my baby up carefully to avoid antagonizing the tear, we checked in with our pediatrician and the break healed in a matter of months. To learn how the clavicle breaks,


According to WebMD:

Occasionally during delivery of an otherwise healthy baby, the forces involved in trying to deliver the baby from the mother can break the collarbone. This is the most common bone broken during delivery. This is usually detected in the hospital, and the baby recovers well.

Even more rarely, a physician may have to break the infant's collarbone in order to deliver the baby safely. This only occurs when a process known as shoulder dystocia develops. There are many other techniques available to overcome this, so it is rarely practiced today.


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uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Poor baby! I hope he heals quickly!
MissSushi MissSushi 9 years
I nearly died when giving birth to my daughter. She was 9 pounds 1 ounce and I had such a crummy doctor, she was my first, that they didnt do enough research, i only had one medical ultrasound, and my insurance was finicky. She was the only doctor in the area, and I didnt have the means to drive 45 minutes every 2 weeks, we were already spending 600 a month in gas for my husband to get to work. Anyway, i was far too small for her, and they ignored my telling them the back pain was excruciating through the entire 16 hour laborand, when she was born I immiediatly passed out from blood loss, and they were absolutely shocked that she hadnt sustained anything worse then the red spots in her eyes.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I would have been bummed for sure. I guess it's not terribly shocking with all the trauma those lil ones go through to get out vaginally. It's seriously such an amazing process and still occasionally shocking that it all just works like it does.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I'm not surprised. I think in my anatomy class we were told the clavicle is the most commonly broken bone in the body.. which shouldn't shock anyone that sees its location and how puny it is! I hate to think of a newborn with a fracture though. OUCH! Poor baby =(
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