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Here's the truth about cerebral palsy

Birth injuries can be caused by many factors, both genetic and nongenetic. One common birth injury that you need to know about is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, abbreviated CP, can be caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the brain during birth, due to infections or because of brain malformations.

Cerebral palsy can be caused before, during or after birth, which makes it a necessary birth injury for parents to learn about. Symptoms can also range significantly, including signs to watch out for such as:

  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty moving limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Stiff joints
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Trouble hearing

Cerebral palsy affects around one to two out of every 1,000 infants. Premature infants are more likely to develop the condition, with around 15 out of 1,000 developing CP.

It's important to note that CP is not a disease. It is a diagnosis of symptoms related to damage to the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. Brain damage that is caused during birth, pregnancy or after birth can all lead to a CP diagnosis once a child begins to develop their motor skills less quickly than others of the same age. Typically, injuries resulting in CP-like symptoms won't be called cerebral palsy if they happen after a child is two years old.

Our site has more on what you can do if your child has been a victim of birth injuries due to actions your provider took before, during or after your child's birth. With the right support, you can make a claim to seek compensation that will support your child and their future needs.

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