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Category: Causes of Cerebral Palsy

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Can a placental abruption or separated placenta result in harm to the baby?

Yes. A placental abruption (or simply referred to as an “abruption”) is a complication that develops when the placenta pulls away from the wall of the uterus before the delivery

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Can cerebral palsy be prevented?

It is now believed that cerebral palsy may be due to a variety of factors including genetic abnormalities stress put upon the baby during the labor and delivery process. These

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What are the risk factors for a child developing cerebral palsy?

Just as there are particular types of brain damage that cause cerebral palsy, there are also certain medical conditions or events that can happen during pregnancy and delivery that will

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What impact does Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, or oxygen deprivation, have on a newborn baby?

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain does not receive enough oxygen, which can occur during a difficult labor and delivery. The consequences can be severe and

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What is placenta previa, and does it pose a risk to baby?

Placenta previa refers to a condition when the placenta is too close to the uterine wall and  partially or totally covers the cervix. The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to

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Can cerebral palsy be prevented?

It is now believed that cerebral palsy may be due to a variety of factors including genetic abnormalities stress put upon the baby during the labor and delivery process. These situations where stress is put upon a child during the labor and delivery process are usually deemed to be preventable.

Fetal monitoring…

For example, the use of electronic fetal monitoring

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What are the risk factors for a child developing cerebral palsy?

Just as there are particular types of brain damage that cause cerebral palsy, there are also certain medical conditions or events that can happen during pregnancy and delivery that will increase a baby’s risk of being born with cerebral palsy.
Research scientists have examined thousands of expectant mothers, followed them through childbirth, and monitored their children’s early neurological development to

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What research is being done to assist in the understanding of cerebral palsy?

Researchers are investigating the roles of mishaps early in brain development, including genetic defects, which are sometimes responsible for the brain malformations and abnormalities that result in cerebral palsy. Scientists are also looking at traumatic events in newborn babies’ brains, such as bleeding, epileptic seizures, and breathing and circulation problems, which can cause the abnormal release of chemicals that trigger

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What is placenta previa, and does it pose a risk to baby?

Placenta previa refers to a condition when the placenta is too close to the uterine wall and  partially or totally covers the cervix. The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to the baby during pregnancy and is attached to the umbilical cord. In addition to providing nutrients, it also removes waste products from the baby’s blood.

Symptoms of placenta previa…

Symptoms

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What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

There are many factors that can lead to the diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain abnormality or injury that usually occurs during pregnancy or a botched labor and delivery. There are several factors that can lead to problems with brain development.

Problems during labor and delivery:…

Lack of oxygen to the baby during labor and

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Why is umbilical cord compression a concern for the fetus?

Umbilical cord compression is a problem that can occur during labor and delivery involving the cord being under pressure, which causes the baby to receive a reduced amount of blood and nutrients.  If the umbilical cord gets stretched and compressed during labor, it can lead to a decrease of blood to the baby, which results in a drop of the

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What can doctors do to prevent newborn jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia?

Jaundice, or neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is a straightforward medical complication that if left untreated, or treated improperly, can have a devastating consequence on the rest of an infant’s life.

Unchecked bilirubin levels…

Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes.  A yellow pigment called bilirubin builds up in the blood, causing the discoloration.  Many babies who

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What is the cause of CP?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by abnormalities or injuries of the brain that may develop in utero, during delivery or immediately following birth.  Rather than one particular cause for this life-changing medical complication, it is important to understand that the reasons for the development of CP may derive from a one or more of the following contributing factors.

Hypoxia during …

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