Cerebral Palsy Causes
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage in the brain affecting muscle control and motor skills. It can come from a brain injury or developmental problem, which can happen before, during, or after birth. Cerebral palsy can, frighteningly, be caused by a lack of oxygen during labor and delivery.
This lack of oxygen can be caused by hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the blood) and/or ischemia (blood supply blocked or cut off), trauma, prematurity, or infection.
Lack of Oxygen
Lack of oxygen during labor and delivery is a dangerous cause of cerebral palsy, one that can usually be prevented with good medical care. There are times during labor and delivery when the baby may not get enough oxygen either because there is too little oxygen in the bloodstream or because the blood flow to the baby is reduced. This lack of oxygen can be the result of contractions, umbilical cord issues, the mother's blood pressure, or other things.
Doctors and nurses must be trained and knowledgeable about how to recognize babies that are at risk for oxygen problems. They must also be trained and knowledgeable about how to recognize the signs and symptoms that the unborn baby is actually experiencing distress so that they can intervene and protect the baby from permanent injury caused by oxygen problems.
When an unborn baby goes without adequate oxygen, the baby can by asphyxiated, which is basically the same process as being drowned or strangled.
Talk to Us If Your Child Suffered Oxygen Deprivation During Labor
Sometimes parents are not told the significance of events during labor and delivery and do not have an understanding that their child may have suffered a severe injury. The full extent of the brain injury is not always known shortly after the delivery. If you think that your child may have a brain injury because of things that happened during labor and delivery, we are happy to answer your birth injury questions and investigate the delivery if we believe that the medical care is a potential cause of your child's injury.
Consultations are free - there is no obligation, so please call cerebral palsy attorney Laura Brown at (214) 974-4121 for a confidential consultation today.