Can you prevent cerebral palsy?

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Medical malpractice

Cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect muscle tone and movement, often originates from brain damage during a child’s early development. According to Cerebral Palsy Guidance, over 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy each year, and as many as 1,500 children get diagnosed with it.

Many Georgia families may question the role of their medical professionals in preventing this condition. Can a doctor take steps to prevent the onset of cerebral palsy?

Prenatal care

One of the best measures to prevent cerebral palsy begins even before birth. Regular prenatal visits allow doctors to identify and manage risks early. If you are pregnant, seek proper medical attention throughout your pregnancy. This attention can detect infections, address nutritional deficiencies and monitor the baby’s development, all of which can reduce the risk of cerebral palsy.

Delivery practices

How a doctor manages the birthing process determines the health of the child. By using appropriate delivery techniques, ensuring the baby gets enough oxygen and monitoring vital signs, doctors can minimize the risk of brain damage and subsequently reduce the chances of cerebral palsy.

Detection of infections

Infections in the mother during pregnancy can cause inflammation that potentially harms the baby’s developing brain. Doctors should test for and treat infections promptly. Likewise, after the baby’s birth, detecting and treating infections like meningitis early can prevent brain damage.

Exposure to risk factors

Some risk factors, such as jaundice in newborns, can increase the likelihood of cerebral palsy if not addressed immediately. Medical professionals should recognize and treat such conditions swiftly. Regular check-ups during the initial months help in managing these factors.

Although not all instances of cerebral palsy are preventable, you can avoid some of the risks with the right medical care during pregnancy and after childbirth. By adhering to best practices, doctors can significantly reduce the risk of a child developing cerebral palsy.