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Multiple factors could contribute to cerebral palsy in newborn

Negligence in medical care can happen in virtually any medical setting, including when a baby is being born. Depending on the specifics surrounding the delivery of a baby, it is possible that the child could be deprived of air for a period of time. Called fetal asphyxia, if that period of time is long enough, it could lead to cerebral palsy, a condition that due to damage to the brain, among other things could leave the child with difficulty controlling his or her muscles.

According to a recent study, there are other reasons that a child could have cerebral palsy. In addition to birth trauma, in utero factors could also be to blame. Specifically, the study pointed to birth defects due to:

  • Genetic factors
  • Placental conditions
  • Fetal growth restriction

While these other factors could play a role in the development of cerebral palsy, unlike when the condition is the result of a deprivation of oxygen, there may not be any way to prevent them from happening. While a different study found that fewer than 10 percent of the cerebral palsy cases that occurred were attributed to birth asphyxia there may be things that health care providers can do to prevent a baby from losing oxygen. According to the study however, continuous electronic fetal monitoring does not appear to help in that regard. These findings support findings of previous studies.

Continuous electronic fetal monitoring is not the only way to determine whether a baby is in distress and overlooking those other signs could constitute a negligent activity. When negligence on the part of a health care provider is believed to have contributed to a baby having cerebral palsy, the baby’s parents may want to explore taking legal action.

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