If an infant gets cerebral palsy because of brain damage prior to being born or during the delivery process, it is referred to as congenital cerebral palsy. Data shows that the vast majority of all people who have cerebral palsy have the congenital form Babies who are born weighing less than 5.5 pounds could be at a higher risk for congenital CP as well as those who are born prematurely.
Mothers who have twins or triplets may have one or more babies born with the condition. This is because they may be more likely to be born at a lower weight or earlier than a single baby pregnancy. There are several steps that a mother can take during pregnancy to reduce the risk of a baby developing this condition. First, it is important to get regular prenatal care.
Hand washing should be a priority as it can reduce the risk of infection that may increase the risk for CP. In addition, it may be best to get a flu shot as soon as possible to help protect the baby. Research indicates that there is no increased risk to the mother if she decides to get the shot. If a mother does feel sick, gets a fever or shows signs of infection, it is best to contact her health care provider immediately.
If a baby suffers brain injuries from birth, it may be possible to take legal action against the doctor who did the delivery assuming negligence caused the injury to occur. It may also be possible to take action against any medical professional who failed to provide an adequate level of care during the pregnancy if it led to complications at birth. An attorney may review the case and help a mother obtain reasonable compensation.
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