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what are the risk factors for cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Multiple: The risk of CP is higher in several groups: premature (<32 wks);small for dates (<2kg); brain hemorrhage;multiple birth;low oxygen levels at birth;shaken baby syndrome; meningitis; intrauterine infection; near-drowning; carbon monoxide poisoning. All settings where the developing brain can be injured.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
There are many.: Cerebral palsy is a description of a static condition of poor control of the muscles. There are many types, some affecting just the legs, some just one half the body, some associated with epilepsy and mental retardation. Causes (risks) may be brain damage in utero or at birth, brain malformation, genetic disorders, following damage from brain infection or later trauma, or of unknown cause.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can fevers cause brain trauma and damage?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or encephalitis), the infection can cause damage but not the fever. Fevers from heat stroke (in the 107 degree range or more) may cause brain damage but these are not typical fevers of childhood. They result from exposure to extreme heat.
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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

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Dr. Julia Stanford
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Rarely is this is a sign of a serious problem. Many children bang their heads as a way of "self soothing." the best approach is to make sure they are in a safe environment where they cannot hurt themselves and to try to distract the from the behavior. If worsening behavior or other symptoms develop, speak with your pediatrician about this.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is hemiplegia paralysis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Half body weak: Hemiplegia means half the body. Paralysis means inability to move. Following a stroke a person may be paralysed on only one half of the body. Any damage to one side of the brain can result in paralysis of the opposite side of the body.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

I was in the ER and diagnosed with bell's palsy. The doctor told me don't believe anything I read...Nothing helps it to go away. Is there anything?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Perhaps: Bells palsy is an inflammation of the facial nerve. It is usually due to a virus and recovers without treatment. Recovery may be faster with short course steroids. If associated with herpes, Acyclovir may help.

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