Cerebral Palsy is a group of neurological disorders which can have an effect on movement. It is most often caused by brain damages which occurs before, during, or after birth. The cause of brain damages during development in the womb is unfortunately, unknown and usually not preventable. However, there are risk factors which can determine the likelihood that a child will develop the disorder. The main causes include:
Early birth : 37 weeks of growth or less is considered premature. The earlier the child is born, the greater the risk.Under average birth weight: Infants who weigh less than 5.5 pounds are at severe risk of cerebral palsy.
Many births : Women who are supporting multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.) are at a risk of giving birth prematurely, which causes babies to have low birth rates. This leads to cerebral palsy development.
Jaundice : When a child has untreated jaundice, a condition known as kernicterus develops. This is a direct source of cerebral palsy.
Breech presentation : Infants who are positioned in a feet-first stance during labor face the risk of developing cerebral palsy.
Contact to toxins : Children who are exposed to contaminants while in the womb are at risk for it.
Mother's health: Certain conditions in the mother give the child a higher risk for developing cerebral palsy. These include mental retardation, hyperthyroidism and seizures.
Pregnancy impediments: Other conditions such as excessive protein in the urine, and infections, increase the risk of it in children.
Labor complications : Problems such as fetal anguish, c sections, and vacuum extraction increase the risk of cerebral palsy development.
Was Your Child Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy?
In most circumstances, this palsy is not avoidable. However, in other cases, it is entirely preventable. Being aware of the risk factors can assist a family in understanding their child's disability or taken measures that may eliminate some of the risk.
Unfortunately, sometimes the cause is due to medical carelessness or negligence. In this situation, there are legal options. Families may file a lawsuit against the medical staff, and hold them liable for any distress caused by the disorder.
Contact a medical lawyer as soon as possible if medical laxity is the alleged reason for your child's cerebral palsy.