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Cerebral Palsy And Its Causes

By David Halbert

In the prior period, cerebral palsy was linked to birth asphyxia, and trauma; it becomes due to the severe injury of the brain that affects intelligence. However, with the passage of time and continuous research, it has come to the view that birth asphyxia cannot be its cause. Despite the fact that affected intelligence parts take delivery of lesser oxygen at some point, without any known reason.

Cerebral palsy affects in different manners. It may affect the posture, balance, coordination, walking, and speech of the child. It may also cause stiffness of the muscles and uncontrolled movements. Other affects may include hearing and vision problems, and several other defects relating to brain, bone structure, eating and digesting ailments, seizures, lungs or breathing impairment, and organ disfunctions in lower abdomen.. All these problems can be anywhere on the scale from minor to major.

The maternal infections tend to increase the risks of cerebral palsy to a great extent and this may also include the urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney infections, and rubella, sepsis i.e. an infection of the blood stream, uterus infection and toxoplasmosis. It is believed that all maternal infections can be prevented and dealt with, so as to avoid the occurrence of cerebral palsy. Hence, all pregnant women are advised to seek medical treatment from their gynaecologist to avoid such risks.

There are many different causes of cerebral palsy. The first one is jaundice. At the time of the birth, if a child is suffering from jaundice, and he/she is not treated in time, it will damage his/her brain cells. If there is shortage of oxygen in brain during the birth, or if the head is injured during labour, and delivery, it may cause damage to the brain.

Premature birth and low birth weight increase the risks of cerebral palsy to a great extent. Babies who are born before the expected time are highly vulnerable and it is more likely that they suffer through various health complications. Stress, infections, preterm labour and multiple births; smoking and alcohol usage; and uterine infections may also contribute to the occurrence of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy may also occur due to the failure of the medical staff in preventing a birth injury. This includes the misdiagnosis and maltreatment of maternal infections; the failure of recognition of foetal distress; not being able to perform a C-section in an organized and timely manner; not treating jaundice and not ensuring sufficient oxygen supply. It also includes the failure of proper use of medical equipments like forceps.

It has most of the causes that are not usual all the way in the course of right care. Most of the time, we come to know that it happens due to the lack of expertise in medical staff; they make wrong judgements, and use bad treatment methods.

These are some general causes of cerebral palsy. The signs of cerebral palsy start appearing before the age of 3 years. Parents start feeling problems in the motor skills of the child, and they experience developmental delay, as he/she does not achieve milestones, as crawling, walking, speaking, or smiling. The decreased muscle tone of the child also gives an indication of the problem with the child.

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Halbert, David "Cerebral Palsy And Its Causes." Cerebral Palsy And Its Causes. 22 Jun. 2010. 5 Feb 2016 <>.

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