What causes cerebral palsy in child?

Difficult to know. We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent.
Damage to the brain. Cerebral palsy is a term used to label a child who has a static encephalopathy. There are many different types and degrees of dysfunction that fall within that label. There are abnormalities of motor function found on neurological examination, but the child may be quite intelligent and otherwise normal. The cause is complex but involves damage to motor control areas of the brain.

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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Generally not. CP describes a disorder of motion or posture caused by an injury to the nervous system during pregnancy or up to three years of age.The definition of CP makes it separate from disorders causing a deterioration of function as the child ages.Some CP kids who walk when younger will choose a wheel chair as a faster mode of transit when they get older. Actual coordination may improve some with therapy. Read more...
Not traditionally. While cerebral palsy(cp) can be a devastating diagnosis, in my busy pediatric practice I have seen children with CP "graduate" from being wheelchair bound to successfully ambulating with crutches. Progress depends upon the individual determination of the child and his parent's willingness to devote the time demanded by physical therapy to accomplish this--as well as the severity of the CP itself. Read more...
Non progressive. Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. Read more...

Can cerebral palsy be caused by damage during adulthood, or do you have to be a child?

No . Cerebral palsy is a condition related to a brain injury that occurs during birth. One can't develop cerebral palsy. Read more...
No. Little's disease or cerebral palsy as it is now known is defined as a disorder of motion and posture related to an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs anytime from pregnancy up to the age of 3 years. Traumatic brain injury in an adult brain can produce similar effects, but is not cp. Read more...
Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain injuries during the pregnancy, labor or around the time of delivery. When brain injury occurs to an adult, due to trauma, infection, stroke or toxin, it is not called cerebral palsy, but may cause similar physical problems. Read more...

What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron. The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. Read more...
Loss of motor neuron. It is not clear why the motor neurons do not develop properly, or if they develop but are damaged or destroyed during the pregnancy, but the diagnosis of cerebral palsy is applied when it seems evident that the cerebrum, the part of the brain with the motor cortex, is missing nerve tissue or it is not working right. Then the muscles don't get the right nerve signal, are weak, often tight. Read more...
Brain damage. Cerebral palsyis a static encephalopathy meaning a injury to the brain causing damage that is permanent and non-progressive. If that damage includes injurytothe parts of the brain involving motor development, the child wil have motor delays that are permanent and non-progressive. Read more...
Brain-based. Cerebral palsy means " weakness that comes from the brain, " a categorical diagnosis. It can be from the way the brain formed, beginning in the first month of pregnancy. Any time before or after birth areas of the brain may have had insufficient oxygen, a stroke, or a bleed for a variety of reasons. Pediatric neurologists may be consulted to help find the cause. Read more...

My aunt got beat while she was pregnant. Now her child may have cerebral palsy. Could that be the cause?

Possibly. If injury to the placenta or uterus occurred, there is a possibility that the trauma could be at the root of the child's problems. Read more...
Hard to say. In the largest longitudinal study to date on this subject, following 50k kids through pregnancy to age 7, no specific cause for the CP was identified.To event in pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 years was identified in more than half the cases.While the beating might have influenced the outcome, the baby may have been protected by the bag of waters and placenta. Read more...

Can a really bad crying episode during pregnancy cause enough oxygen deprivation that the baby gets Cerebral palsy?

Crying spell. A bad crying spell will not deprive your fetus of oxygen and your baby will not get CP from your crying. Read more...
No. If you are alert enough to do the work of crying, baby is getting plenty of oxygen. It is difficult to deal with the waiting & worrying. There is a lot we don't know about CP. It is rare & most times we never figure out why it happens, but as someone who has studied this in detail, I am confident this did not hurt baby. Read more...

Is having cerebral palsy in child something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.

Depends. CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred at some point from pregnancy until the third birthday. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the expent. Each case is somewhat unique & most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like pt. It sounds like you need a family conference with dr or referral to a developmental center. Read more...
Cerebral palsy txes. Cerebral palsy might be helped with mild hyperbaric treatments talk with a specialist in hyperbaric txes. Read more...
Possibly. Cerebral palsy is a disorder which affects the brain and therefore all of the functions of the brain. It can manifest itself as muscle spasms, joint problems, speech problems, intelligence, etc. There are many different types and severity of CP and without knowing exactly the type that she has, it's difficult to tell you what to expect. Read more...

Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

Unexpected injury. On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. Read more...

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Movement problems. One of the biggest problems facing children with cerebral palsy is spasticity which is increased tone in the muscles. This cause problems walking, using their upper extremities, sometimes speaking or swallowing. Children with more severe cerebral palsy also have seizure disorders and cognitive problems. Unfortunately almost all organ systems are affected by cp. Read more...
Trouble with moving. Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. Read more...
Motor handicap. Motor problems such as spasticity, stiffness of joints, tremor or other movement abnormalities, deformity at knees, ankles, elbows, and wrists, developmental delays. Read more...

What are symptoms of a child with mild cerebral palsy?

Balance, weakness. A child with mild cerebral palsy may just have some problems with balance when walking. They might have some problems with fine motor skills like picking up objects. There may even be subtle vision and speech problems. Some children have some behavioral problems as well. Read more...
Clumsiness and stiff. Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disorder related to damage to the motor system of the brain. the most common symptoms are stiffness of muscles, tightness of joints and clumsiness. Read more...