Order and Discord: The Ins and Outs of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy LawyerBeyond trying to find out what gender their child is, many parents are also concerned about the health of their soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. A very good reason to ascertain this ahead of time is to be prepared to deal with potential issues. Another reason is to find out ahead of time how parents can properly deal with their child’s needs.

About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an abnormality in the development of the brain. A child inflicted with cerebral palsy has difficulty with their motor development. A person with cerebral palsy may have difficulty in moving their limbs, lose control of them or have difficulty with moving in general from a lack of balance or difficulty in depth perception.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

It was widely thought that the cause of cerebral palsy at birth is the lack of oxygen during the development of the child. Since then, it has been determined that the damage may occur before, during or after birth (within the first years of life).

Other causes that have been cited include:

  • Infections during gestation
  • Jaundice or jaundice that goes untreated
  • Trauma during labor and birth
  • Head trauma during early childhood
  • Severe bacterial or viral infections

Can You Tell Who’s at Risk?

Since there are multiple factors that can affect the development of a fetus, there is no real early determining factor to tell if the child can develop cerebral palsy.

What Can You Do?

The most that any mother can do is to take care of her health. Complete all your vaccinations and be mindful of your health during pregnancy. Once the baby has been born, make sure the excess bilirubin in the child’s system is processed successfully. It is also still encouraged to completely vaccinate children or, at the very least, vaccinate at least against those that cause meningitis and encephalitis.

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Remember, too, that physical trauma may potentially cause damage to a child’s brain development. Always strap your child into the car seat properly and make sure there are no places in your home where children can incur severe hits to the head.