How is cerebral palsy prevented?
Preventing Cerebral Palsy After Birth
Making sure your child is vaccinated for all common infant infections. Using the correct car seat for your child’s weight and height. Using a crib with bed rail. Never leaving your child on high countertops or surfaces unattended.
How does cerebral palsy begin?
Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain. This usually happens before a child is born, but it can occur at birth or in early infancy. In many cases, the cause isn’t known. Many factors can lead to problems with brain development.
Which children are most likely to get cerebral palsy?
CP is more common among boys than girls, and more common among black children than among white children. Most (about 75%-85%) children with CP have spastic CP.
What is the main cause of cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or problem that occurs during pregnancy or birth or within the first 2 to 3 years of a child’s life. It can be caused by: Problems from being born too early (premature birth). Not getting enough blood, oxygen, or other nutrients before or during birth.
How do I know if my child has Cerebral Palsy?
Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
- a baby’s inability to lift his or her own head by the appropriate age of development.
- poor muscle tone in a baby’s limbs, resulting in heavy or floppy arms and legs.
- stiffness in a baby’s joints or muscles, or uncontrolled movement in a baby’s arms or legs.
At what age is Cerebral Palsy diagnosed?
Cerebral palsy is typically diagnosed in babies and toddlers between 18 and 24 months of age (1), although signs and symptoms may be present much earlier.
Can a child with cerebral palsy live a normal life?
Cerebral palsy patients go on to live a healthy and normal life as they transition into adulthood. Severe cerebral palsy can decrease life expectancy due to significant physical and intellectual impairments and associated health conditions.
Are you born with cerebral palsy?
Most people with cerebral palsy are born with it. That’s called “congenital” CP. But it can also start after birth, in which case it’s called “acquired” CP. People with cerebral palsy can have mild issues with muscle control, or it could be so severe that they can’t walk.