What are Risk Factors of Cerebral Palsy

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Damage to the brain that happens before, during, or shortly after birth is the main cause of cerebral palsy, a group of neurological disorders that influences movement. It is unknown as to what causes brain damage during the development of the fetus and the condition cannot always be avoided. Medical specialists singled out a variety of factors that put a child at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy.

Some of the known cerebral palsy risk factors include:

Premature birth 40 weeks gestation is considered full-term, and preterm is generally considered 37 weeks gestation or earlier. The risk your child develops cerebral palsy increases the earlier he or she is born.

Low birth weight Babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds have an increased risk of developing cerebral palsy. The lower the weight, the greater the risk.

Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) Women who are carrying more than one baby are at a greater risk of delivering preterm, and their babies are more likely to have low birth rates. Cerebral palsy can be the result from both of these risk factors.

Jaundice When severe jaundice is left untreated, it can lead to a condition called kernicterus and this is a direct cause of cerebral palsy.

Breech presentation Babies who are in breech (feet first) position at the time of labor face a heightened risk of developing cerebral palsy.

Exposure to toxins Cerebral palsy is a risk to babies who are exposed to toxins while still in the womb.

Maternal health Certain conditions, including mental retardation, hyperthyroidism and seizures, in the mother can increase the risk of cerebral palsy in an unborn child.

Pregnancy complications Late-term bleeding, excess protein in the urine, infections and other complications during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will develop cerebral palsy.

Difficult labor Problems that arise during labor and delivery, such as fetal distress, can increase the risk of cerebral palsy if not handled properly. C-sections, vacuum extraction, use of forceps are all factors that can further heighten the risk.

Did Your Child Get Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?

It is common to wonder why this condition developed in your child but the answers are not always known. In many cases, cerebral palsy is not preventable. some cases could have been avoided 100 percent.

A parent never wants to learn that their child has cerebral palsy due to medical negligence. Parents do have legal options if they ever have to face this reality. Pain and suffering, costs of medical bills, loss of earning capacity and more can be recovered for victims and families of medical malpractice if they file a lawsuit against the doctor and other party(s) responsible.

Our law firm will represent any family who have been hurt by medical negligence. Contact us for a free evaluation, if you think that medical malpractice is to blame for your child’s cerebral palsy.

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