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An overview of cerebral palsy

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2017 | Birth Injuries |

North Carolina residents who are pregnant and looking forward to the births of their babies naturally want to focus on the hopes and dreams of the future they can expect with and for their babies. However, the reality is that pregnancy and childbirth can sometimes result in problems and mothers and fathers should be aware of some of the things they can be on the lookout for. 

WebMD explains that as many as one out of every five cases of cerebral palsy may be due to an injury during birth. Cerebral palsy is one of a variety of conditions labelled as palsies which include some type of impaired motor function due to brain damage. The actual level of nerve or brain damage in a cerebral palsy patient does not progress but the symptoms that the person may experience can.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be a lack of oxygen supply from mothers to babies during birth that results in a baby having cerebral palsy. Some situations that may make this more likely include multiple births, breech positions or other factors that make a particular birth complicated. Quick decision making may be required on the part of medical professionals to avoid problems that may lead to brain damage.

Babies born with cerebral palsy may not exhibit symptoms right away. In fact, some children live the first few years of their lives before being diagnosed. Often it is the failure to meet multiple developmental milestones that warrants investigation into a potential case of cerebral palsy.