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are certain babies at greater risk for motor development delays?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Maternal Cocaine and alcohol addiction are 2 things that can place infants at risk for delays in motor development. Cocaine may also interfere with maternal-infant bonding, as some research shows the mothers are less flexible, less engaged, and have shorter feeding sessions than other mothers with newborns. Even at age 2, the infants show deficiencies in both fine and gross motor development.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes. Any genetic, : epigenetic, teratogenic or other disorder that alters fetal brain development from 3 weeks after conception - term ^es risk of cerebral palsy. Near the end of the 2nd trimester, white matter surrounding the ventricles of the brain is particularly susceptible to damage from drops in blood flow & oxygen: thus, Very Low Birth Weight Infants have an ^ed incidence of CP. These are a few risk factors.

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