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Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Motor deficit: Cerebral palsy is defined as a disorder of movement & posture caused by an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs before the 3rd birthday.Origins are diverse from oxygen loss in the womb to infections of the brain & more. Impairment interferes with smooth control large or small movements. There can be additional separate issues but CP focuses on the movement.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Cerebral palsy is a : group of disorders of impaired motor functions defined by the way they limit mobility & hand use. Cause may be genetic, from prenatal exposure to teratogens from 3 weeks after conception till term or from drops in flow of blood & oxygen, usually in late 2nd trimester. 10-20% of CP is due to asphyxia during labor & delivery or infection/trauma of the brain the first 3 years of life.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
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Teratogen: An agent that alters development of an embryo or fetus. Teratogens may cause a birth defect or may impair cognitive, behavioral &/or physical outcome without obvious congenital anomalies. Classes of teratogens: radiation, maternal infections & certain illnesses, chemicals, & drugs. Drugs include alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, & certain prescribed, OTC or naturopathic medications
Sep 11, 2014

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