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Common causes of cerebral palsy

For new parents, delivery day is often one of utter joy. Bringing a life into this world is a highly emotional event, though yes, it can come with stress. There a million things to keep track of, and for those having their first child, the events of the day are exhilarating. But unfortunately, they don’t always go off without a hitch.

Birth injuries can add stress to new parents’ lives, and unfortunately they are far too common. While a birth injury can radically alter parents’ plans, in some cases these injuries can be predicted or even prevented.

What can lead to cerebral palsy at birth

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elaborates on the many factors that could lead to newborn cerebral palsy. Some of these include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature delivery
  • Multiple births

Additionally, there are elements of maternal health that can increase risk, including:

  • Infections (chickenpox, rubella, cytomegalovirus, placental or pelvic infection)
  • Fever during pregnancy or delivery
  • Thyroid issues
  • Seizures
  • Intellectual disability
  • Placental detatchment
  • Uterine rupture
  • Umbilical cord problems

While not every case of CP can be prevented, some risk factors can be mitigated to help reduce the risk. When medical care providers miss those signs, they could be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. People are often hesitant to file such a lawsuit, but given the level of care and expense that children born with CP can require, it could be the best chance parents have to receive compenation for a preventable birth injury.