How Do You Get Cerebral Palsy?

Newborn3Some people who are unfamiliar with cerebral palsy may be wondering how this group of disorders comes to be. There are many different answers to the question “How do you get cerebral palsy?” What they all have in common, however, is that cerebral palsy is always the result of brain damage. The different types of cerebral palsy describe the way it manifests in people. The term “cerebral” itself refers to the brain.

Before, During or After Labor

Cerebral palsy is acquired before, during or shortly after being born. In many cases, it is the result of the child not receiving enough oxygen to their brain at some point during gestation or birth. In other cases, cerebral palsy is a result of disease. The disease itself doesn’t cause cerebral palsy but it may end up causing brain damage and that brain damage ends up causing the symptoms of cerebral palsy in the sufferer.

It’s important to remember that cerebral palsy is not one single thing. Cerebral palsy can involve many different symptoms and each different set of symptoms involves a different name for the disorder. For example, ataxic cerebral palsy is different from dyskinetic cerebral palsy, though they both fall under the same umbrella disorder.

Brain Damage

There are several different ways that an infant may suffer the type of brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy. One all too common scenario involves the child being strangulated during the birthing process. This may happen because they end up pinned in an odd position during the birthing process or because the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around their neck, cutting off their oxygen.

One child with cerebral palsy ended up being the subject of a lawsuit contracted the disorder because they were treated with infected medical supplies. When a child suffers a severe infection, it may lead to brain damage and that brain damage may lead to cerebral palsy. Other cases involve children who don’t have enough amniotic fluid in the womb and who, therefore, suffer brain damage.

Not Contagious

Cerebral palsy is not catching. While there may be some sort of an infection involved in causing the damage that leads to the disorder, you cannot get the disorder from somebody who has the disorder. There is absolutely no contagious element to cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, because cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage, only the symptoms can be treated and the brain damage itself can never actually be repaired with current medical technology.

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