This month, we shall concentrate on the causes and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is a condition that relates to reduced muscle coordination. It is caused by traumatic injury to the brain whilst it is still developing. This includes the parts of the brain that are responsible for motor control, coordination and balance. The most common cause of brain trauma in a baby is oxygen deprivation but can also be caused by, amongst other things, physical injury and meningitis.
Approximately 90% of cerebral palsy cases are as a result of injuries during thecaused by prenatal injuries and injuries during birth. There is an increased risk of cerebral palsy in premature and underweight babies as well as multiple and twin pregnancies. Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy include muscle stiffness, weakness, uncontrolled body movements and balancing struggles.
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but there are many treatments on offer such as physiotherapy and speech therapy that aim a child to live an independent life as much as possible.
Watch this short video on birth injury for further information.
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