Things that happen during pregnancy and early infancy may have profound health effects on babies, potentially impacting them throughout their lives. This includes the development of conditions such as cerebral palsy.
For parents, knowing the potential symptoms and causes of cerebral palsy may help them care for their children and ensure they receive the support they need and deserve.
Common symptoms of cerebral palsy
According to MayoClinic.org, the symptoms of cerebral palsy vary widely from one person to the next. Often affecting movement and muscle tone, some of the most common symptoms experienced due to this condition include the following:
- Involuntary, jerky movements or tremors
- Stiff muscles
- A wide, crouched or scissor-like gait
- Lack of balance
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Variations in muscle tone
Those with cerebral palsy also sometimes experience other issues such as vision and hearing problems, seizures, unusual pain sensations and urinary incontinence.
Causes of cerebral palsy
Damage to the developing brain or abnormal development may cause cerebral palsy. According to KidsHealth.org, the factors that may contribute to such damage include maternal infections or other medical problems during pregnancy, issues during labor and delivery causing poor blood flow to the brain, and some genetic disorders. Appropriate care of mothers and infants during gestation and the birthing process aids in preventing most problems that put babies at risk for developing cerebral palsy.
Infants or young children diagnosed with cerebral palsy often need medical treatment and care throughout their lives, which may come at significant expense. Therefore, parents of children who develop this condition due to birth injuries may consider options like seeking financial compensation from those responsible for causing the injury.