Cerebral Palsy Within the First 2 or 3 Years of Life
Some children develop
cerebral palsy (CP) because they experience brain
damage within the first 2 or 3 years of life. Risk factors for brain damage
Serious illness. Severe
meningitis, or severe
lead poisoning (very rare) all can interfere with
brain development and lead to CP.
Serious brain injury. An accident or fall can injure
the brain. This type of injury also can result from shaking, throwing, or
slamming down a baby (shaken baby syndrome, also called intentional head injury or IHI).
Lack of oxygen to brain tissues. Insufficient oxygen
delivery to the brain can cause CP, such as the result of a brain tumor or a
Low blood sugar. Some newborns with severe low blood
sugar (hypoglycemia) may develop CP.
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