The exact causes of most cases of cerebral palsy are unknown, but many are resulted from problems during pregnancy in which the brain is either damaged or doesn’t develop normally. This can be due to:
• Infections
• Maternal health problems
• A genetic disorder
• Something that interferes with normal brain development

Brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can also be caused during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life. A baby or toddler might suffer this damage as a result of:
• Lead poisoning
• Bacterial meningitis
• Malnutrition
• Being shaken as an infant
• Being in a car accident while not properly restrained

The brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can also lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing, and speech problems, and learning disabilities.

For congenital CP, the specific cause is not known. But there are some risk factors:

• Low birthweight
• Premature birth
• Multiple births―Twins, triplets, and other multiple births
• Assisted reproductive technology (ART) infertility treatments.
• Infections during pregnancy
• Jaundice and kernicterus.
• Medical conditions of the mother.
• Birth complications.

Acquired CP usually is associated with:
• Infections of the brain, e.g., meningitis or encephalitis during infancy.
• Injuries to the brain, e.g., head injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes or child abuse.
• Problem with blood flow to the brain.
•Knowing the risk factors of CP, it’ll be easier to prevent it. In next articles, we will talk about how to prevent CP.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatment, therapy, special equipment, and, in some cases, surgery can help a child who is living with the condition. We have been in this area for many years with rich experience and professional expertise. For more information, please visit us.