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Birth injury risks and cerebral palsy

Many Maryland residents have likely seen people with children who exhibit visual and physical symptoms of having cerebral palsy. Many others may know someone personally who has a child with cerebral palsy. While some people develop cerebral palsy congenitally, WebMD explains that as many as 20 percent of people with CP developed it due to an injury that occured during the pregnancy, labor, delivery or even right after birth.

According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation, many factors may contribute to increasing the risk that a baby will develop cerebral palsy. These include improperly treated or untreated jaundice in a newborn, breech position before and during birth, maternal infection during pregnancy or the experience of breathing or circulatory problems during labor and delivery.

Birth injuries that reduce or cut off blood supply to a baby then reduce or cut off the supply of nutrition and oxygen to the baby. This may result in brain damage that cannot be reversed and that may manifest as cerebral palsy. There are many forms of cerebral palsy and some people may be able to be somewhat functional even walking and talking. Other people with cerebral palsy are not able to walk or even talk and require lifelong care.

Many babies do not exhibit obvious signs of cerebral palsy until they have reached even two or three yeas of age. Generally it is the missing of key developmental milestones that may first alert parents or pediatricians to a potential problem. Proper care for children and families is important to support them in helping a person with cerebral palsy.



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