Posts in 'Birth Injury'

Epidural Anesthesia: What Can Go Wrong?

Birth Injury

During labor, expectant mothers may have the option to receive epidural anesthesia. Although an epidural generally offers numerous benefits, it could also cause serious side effects for the mother or child. It’s important to understand the potential disadvantages of an epidural during labor. Discover what can go wrong with this type of anesthesia and whether... Read More

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

When diagnosing cerebral palsy (CP) in children, doctors may use imaging procedures to gain insight into how a child’s nervous system is functioning. Neuroimaging procedures are tests that healthcare professionals can use to study seizures and related neuromuscular disorders in children. Learn more about neuroimaging through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cerebral palsy MRI evaluations.... Read More

Brain Injury from Lack of Oxygen and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

When an infant sustains injury to the brain before or during birth, cerebral palsy may result. Learn about the relationship between a brain injury and cerebral palsy and how cerebral palsy from a brain injury could occur. Brain Injuries Caused by Lack of Oxygen Out of every 1,000 babies delivered full term, three of them... Read More

Prone Standers for Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Equipment

A prone stander is a supportive device that can help children with cerebral palsy maintain an upright or nearly upright position. There are many benefits to this type of support, from added stability to enhanced hip stabilization. Prone standers are easily adjusted to accommodate the unique needs of each child while offering as much or... Read More

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, 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

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

Imaging Tests, Brain Scans and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Over the last several decades, doctors and medical researchers have used brain imaging tests to help them understand how cerebral palsy (CP) develops in children and affects their lives. If your child’s doctor suspects that your child has CP, they may request brain imaging tests to help them correctly diagnose the condition. A pediatric neurologist,... Read More

Vacuum-Assisted Birth and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Some birth deliveries don’t go as planned and require other measures be taken to ensure the mother and baby are safe and healthy throughout the entire birthing experience. One of these measures is a vacuum-assisted delivery. While rare, this type of procedure can cause harm to the baby, with one of the potential risks being... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?