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Do you suspect your child sustained a birth injury?

One of the most common birth injuries in children sometimes goes undetected until a child is in pre-school. Cerebral palsy, a condition that affects motor functions, is currently the most common disability affecting young children.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 325 children will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. However, around 1,500 children each year do not receive a diagnosis until they are between ages three and five years old.

Why does cerebral palsy go undetected?

Many of the symptoms of cerebral palsy are difficult to detect in babies. Because the condition affects a child’s motor skills, many parents do not suspect their child has cerebral palsy until it comes time for “developmental milestones.”

Mayo Clinic defines these milestones as crawling, standing, walking and other movements that rely on coordination and motor skills that the condition interferes with. Common symptoms associated with cerebral palsy include:

  • Stiff muscles
  • Dragging one leg or using one hand
  • Difficulty speaking, hearing or seeing
  • Involuntary muscle movements and seizures

Many of these symptoms might not be noticeable until months or years after your child is born. It is important to watch for these symptoms if you suspect your child has suffered a birth injury.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Generally, children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy in pre-school have experienced a head trauma or infection in their first few years of life. These injuries can cause damage to the part of the brain that controls movement.

However, the condition generally is the result of a birth injury. Cerebral palsy most commonly occurs from a lack of oxygen or a severe head injury during the birthing process. Additionally, infections, strokes and fevers during pregnancy can result in the condition as well. In rare cases, the condition is a result of gene abnormalities.

It is a doctor’s job to monitor you and your baby to help prevent and detect these causes. Legal professionals can assist you in receiving compensation if this does not occur. If you suspect signs of a birth injury or cerebral palsy, consult with a doctor immediately.

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