When fetal distress happens, it often indicates a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain. When the baby lacks oxygen to the brain, brain damage can occur. Damage to certain areas of the brain is one of the most common cerebral palsy causes. The location of the brain injury and the extent of damage determine its symptoms.
Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy Causes
According to the medical dictionary, cerebral palsy in infants is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury to the brain. Cerebral palsy causes usually happen during labor or delivery. When fetal distress occurs and is not corrected, it can result in permanent brain injury and CP.
Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke shows that delivery complications, like birth asphyxia (lack of oxygen to the baby during birth), account for 5 or 10 percent of newborns with severe cerebral palsy. Other cerebral palsy causes are:
- Improper care during labor and delivery
- Improper response to fetal distress
- Prolonged lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain
- Other types of medical negligence
When fetal distress is not properly responded to, a birth injury can result. Cerebral palsy causes can often be linked back to medical negligence.
Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
There are different types of cerebral palsy. As cerebral palsy causes are brain injuries, the type depends on the area of the brain that is injured. Typically, symptoms will include trouble controlling movement in limbs. Arms and legs might be spastic, rigid, slow or shaky. Other common signs include difficulty with eating, speaking, swallowing and drooling. Symptoms may be limited to one side of the body or to a single limb. Symptoms generally don’t worsen with age, as the brain injury that causes cerebral palsy doesn’t change. Cerebral palsy life expectancy is usually no different from that of an average child without CP.
Our nurse case managers are familiar with cerebral palsy causes. Costs of care for children with CP are high. A cerebral palsy lawsuit may be a way to relieve your financial strain. If you see signs and symptoms of CP in your child, call us. Even if your child has not yet been diagnosed, call our nurse case managers today for a free consultation.