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Cerebral Palsy

Difficulties and errors which happen during birth can lead to impaired movement disorders typically classified as cerebral palsy.

According to medical research non-profit advocacy groups for individuals suffering from every type of cerebral palsy, over 760,000 adults and children suffer from some type of this disorder.

Every year, about 8,000 infants and newborns are diagnosed with the cerebral palsy condition.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most typical type of palsy. This not only diminishes motor function, but can stiffen and contract muscles permanently.

There can be an array of hazardous side effects, in addition to pain as a result of this condition, such as: speech impediment; seizure disorders; learning disabilities; hearing or vision problems; problems with breathing; problems with swallowing; abnormal perception and sensation; and difficulty with bowel and bladder control.

Cerebral Palsy Risk Factors

There is a host of cerebral palsy risk factors, which entail high birth weight, low birth weight, and premature birth. 


However, risk factors solely don’t cause cerebral palsy. If they do exist, that doesn’t always mean your child will suffer from the disorder.

Renowned disorder primary causes, on the other hand, entail head trauma, which can happen due to lack of oxygen to the child, and within the delivery process.

Before birth, the head injury can occur. Cerebral palsy, in approximately 20% of all cases, arises during a baby’s delivery. 


Head trauma can happen when the child is in an improper position or happens to be too large.

Linked to an obstetrician who may fail to administer a C-section promptly, head trauma can be the result.

The treating obstetrician or physician, in some cases, can use excessive pressure during delivery on the neck or head of the baby.

Through the use of mechanical devices or vacuums during delivery, head trauma can occur.

Contributing issues related to a lack of oxygen in the brain of a baby can result in cerebral palsy, such as causing suffocation when the neck of a baby is wrapped by the umbilical cord.

Force in excess when attempting to guide a baby’s shoulder can result in brachial plexus injury.

A parent, generally, may have knowledge that the newborn suffered injury to the brain because the babies normally require, during the newborn baby period, intensive medical treatment.

Babies who are newborn may need assistance in feeding and breathing.

Cerebral palsy, in its milder forms, may arise as a development delay. 


In forms that are more severe, a child suffering from cerebral palsy will be challenged when swallowing, eating, maintaining proper posture, and holding erect the head.

A physician will check motor skills and reflexes, when diagnosing cerebral palsy, in addition to looking at the mother’s and baby’s medical histories.

Physicians will examine birth records to discover if any indications appear that the child lacked oxygen during birthing procedures.

Records to monitor the fetal heart, for evidence, may be reviewed to see if deprivation of oxygen resulted in cerebral palsy.

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