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Cerebral Palsy Facts & Statistics

Cerebral palsy is a commonly misunderstood condition that affects ¾ of a million Americans. Understanding cerebral palsy is the first step in preventing it. Below are some key facts and statistics about cerebral palsy.

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Cerebral Palsy Facts

  • Cerebral palsy is usually not diagnosed until a child is two to three years of age.
  • Lack of oxygen to the fetus is only responsible for a minority of cerebral palsy cases.
  • Some of the known causes of cerebral palsy are: Medical malpractice, infections during pregnancy, a lack of oxygen reaching the fetus, premature birth, birth asphyxia, blood disease, severe jaundice, other birth defects, or acquired cerebral palsy.
  • There are three main types of cerebral palsy based on symptoms: spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed.
  • Common symptoms of cerebral palsy include spasticity, paralysis, seizures, dyarthria, and unsteady balance or foot movement.
  • Cerebral palsy is not contagious and is not progressive.
  • With quality medical attention before, during and after pregnancy, cerebral palsy can be prevented.
  • Cerebral palsy occurs while the brain is under development.
  • Cerebral palsy was first identified by a British surgeon named William Little in 1860.
  • Cerebral palsy is an abnormality of motor function which affects the ability to control movements and move.
  • Cerebral palsy may be associated with mental retardation or seizures.
  • Many children who suffer from cerebral palsy have a normal intellect and only suffer from physical complications.
  • It is estimated that the lifetime costs of medical and other care for a child born with cerebral palsy average $500,000.

Cerebral Palsy Statistics

The statistics regarding cerebral palsy are associated with mothers and children alike. What follows are some statistics regarding mothers and fathers who are at a higher risk for giving birth to a cerebral palsy child.

  • If the mother is over the age of 40;
  • If the mother is below the age of 20;
  • If the father is below the age of 20;
  • If the parents are African-Americans;
  • Blood incompatibility between mother and infant (Rh or ABO);
  • If the mother is infected with German measles or other virus early in pregnancy.

The following are statistics regarding children who are at a high risk for cerebral palsy:

  • The eldest child;
  • A child born fifth or later in the family;
  • One of a set of twins, especially if one of them dies;
  • If the infant has a birth weight of 3.5 lb or lower;
  • A premature infant born less than 37 weeks;
  • If the central nervous system of the infant is attacked by micro-organisms.

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