Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy: How Are They Related?

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy and epilepsy are more common than you might think. As of 2015, about 470,000 children had epilepsy in the United States. Meanwhile, cerebral palsy—the most common motor disability in childhood—affects an estimated 1 out of every 323 children. What’s more, many children with cerebral palsy also suffer from epileptic seizures. So, does that... Read More

Could Hypothermia Therapy Be Used as Treatment for My Child’s Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Treatments

As you approach your due date, you’re likely focused on preparing as much as possible to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead for the small chance that something goes wrong. One possible complication is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a birth injury that occurs in 1.5 out of every 1,000... Read More

Causes of Cerebral Palsy: Anoxia/Lack of Oxygen Leading to HIE

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

Anoxia occurs when the body or brain loses its oxygen supply. In the context of childbirth, when oxygen deprivation takes place, it can contribute to a form of brain damage caused by oxygen loss known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE can result in cognitive and motor deficiencies that may impair a child’s development and contribute... Read More

What Expectant Mothers Should Know About Fetal Movement, Fetal Oxygen Reserves, and Induction

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

As a soon-to-be mother, you’re already doing your best to eat a balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, and avoid stress to ensure the health of your baby. When it comes to the health and well-being of their unborn babies, mothers have two incredibly valuable tools—their instincts and their acquired knowledge of markers of their... Read More

How Do I Know If My Toddler Has Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

The toddler years are a time of enormous cognitive, emotional, and social development. But for parents whose children aren’t on track with those normal developmental milestones, this can be a worrisome time. These delays could suggest the existence of a number of different conditions, including cerebral palsy—a neurological disorder that controls muscle movement and posture.... Read More

Causes of Cerebral Palsy: Anoxia/Lack of Oxygen Leading to Stroke

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

While strokes are typically associated with adults, they can also occur in children, including infants before and after birth. Pediatric stroke affects 25 in 100,000 newborns. Children who have experienced a perinatal stroke may be at risk of developing cerebral palsy. What Is a Perinatal Stroke? According to the American Heart Association, perinatal strokes include... Read More

C-Section and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

An estimated one in three women gives birth via cesarean section in the United States alone. While this method of birth is certainly common, it doesn’t come without risks. Understanding these risks and the effect a C-section can have on both you and your child is an important part of preparing for your labor and... Read More

Conditions and Injuries That Cause Children to Develop Cerebral Palsy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Children develop cerebral palsy when their cerebral motor cortex development is impaired or when it is damaged. Various conditions and injuries can trigger abnormal development or damage developing brains. These problems can occur before birth, during birth, and in the first few years of a child’s life, when the young brain is developing. These issues... Read More

Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in 13-16-Month-Olds

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Doctors typically diagnose children with cerebral palsy at around 2 years of age. However, in some cases, parents may notice several clues suggesting their child has cerebral palsy well before their second birthday. As children develop, the signs of cerebral palsy typically become more pronounced. Learn more about some of the potential signs of cerebral... Read More

Developmental Delays in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

The signs of cerebral palsy (CP) can vary from child to child because there is a wide range of levels of this condition. One of the earliest indicators of cerebral palsy is uncontrollable movements of the head and extremities. This list of cerebral palsy symptoms by age isn’t exhaustive but serves as a good starting... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?