What Causes Cerebral Palsy in
are proud parents of a newborn.
While holding the child the doctor comes
in with some bad news. He suspects that your child has cerebral
palsy. How do you feel, grief, guilt, or both? Most parents are
confused. It races through their minds of what they did wrong
or what they could have done right to deter such a
diagnosis. By knowing the causes
of infant cerebral palsy, parents might elude both grief and
Infant cerebral palsy can be formed before birth. If the
mother has a traumatic incident in which, through occurrence,
the child’s blood flow to the brain is altered, cerebral palsy
could be the outcome. The mother’s negative habits such as
drinking alcohol or drug use can also cause circulatory
problems within the fetus, thus causing the manifestations of
the disorder. Diseases such as rubella or HIV can cause brain
damage in the womb which could lead to cerebral palsy but
usually results in the infant being born with mental
Complications during birth are the main cause for an infant
cerebral palsy diagnosis. A umbilical cord around the neck at
birth or a bad position at delivery can cause a lack of blood
flow in cerebellum or ganglia. This region of the brain is
responsible for motor function and movement. When damaged the
body no longer recognizes signals from the brain and motor
function is diminished. The muscular symptoms can range from
mild to severe.
Caring for the infant with cerebral palsy takes a lot of
patience and understanding. The parents should have faith to
the multi-disciplinary team that is assigned to their child.
Each symptom of cerebral palsy is as individualized as the
child in which it inflicts. The team will have several
specialists that will be able to diagnose the symptom and find
the best treatment for the infant.