Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that typically affects movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. In some cases, babies are born with cerebral palsy due to brain injuries, such as birth hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) or infant stroke. The symptoms may be present at birth, but they can also appear as the infant’s brain continues to develop during the first two years.
Premature babies can have a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. Other high-risk factors include low birth weight, breech births, and multiple babies sharing the womb. Your obstetrician needs to take special precautions if these factors are identified.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
There is no cure for cerebral palsy; it’s a lifelong disorder. Parents must be prepared to deal with additional childcare, medical support, and other related expenses.
Signs include (but are not limited to):
- Difficulty sucking or eating
- Delays in reaching motor skill milestones
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Stiff muscles
- Favoring one side over the other (cerebral palsy can affect one or both sides of the body)
If you think your child may have symptoms related to cerebral palsy, contact your doctor for a prompt diagnosis.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
Some common medical errors that lead to cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to recognize and treat infant seizures
- Failure to perform C-section when fetus is in distress
- Failure to diagnose or treat infant brain hemorrhage
- Excessive use of a vacuum extractor
- Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord
- Improper use of delivery forceps
- Improper response to precarious vital signs
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose and treat extreme jaundice (kernicterus) or meningitis
- Delayed delivery
- Failure to recognize pregnancy-induced hypertension (preeclampsia)
Although cerebral palsy is a lifetime disorder, there are many different therapies available to alleviate its symptoms and improve patient’s quality of life. Learn more about cerebral palsy treatments and where you can receive them in Kentucky.
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