(CP) is the leading motor disability in children. It’s not a single disorder, but a group of disorders that affect a person’s balance, posture, and mobility. Most cases involve spastic CP, which affects a child’s limbs and may cause movements to be stiff and awkward.
There are many causes of cerebral palsy, but the most common is that the brain was damaged either before or during birth. In rarer cases, brain damage occurs after 28 days of birth.
Regardless of when the brain damage occurred, it can take up to two years to diagnose a child with CP. During that time, infants may display symptoms that parents can watch out for if they believe cerebral palsy may be a concern for the child. Read the rest »
Parents-to-be should never be afraid to ask their doctor questions during pregnancy. And in some cases, a few questions could even prevent major injuries to both mother and child.
When parents are expecting, they have a lot of questions, even if it’s not their first child. Just like every child is different, so is every pregnancy, and things are bound to pop up that are cause for concern. It’s important that parents discuss any questions they have with their doctor, no matter how small the matter may be. Some questions may prevent bigger problems down the line, such as birth injuries. Below are the three most important questions new parents should be asking their doctor.
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Having a baby is one of the most exciting times of any parent’s life, and it all starts in the delivery room. Most of the time, everything goes as it should with happy outcomes all around. But sometimes, accidents happen and in the worst of cases, tragedy results. Those accidents sometimes occur due to error on the part of the doctors or nurses in the delivery room, and in most cases, it’s the infant that sustains injuries because of them. Below are some of the most common delivery room mistakes, and the possible injuries that can occur from them.
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There are a wide variety of injuries that can occur at birth. One of the most dangerous and deadly forms of birth injury in the Seattle area is brain damage. While some children suffer brain damage
in utero, which can be detected by an OBGYN in advance of birth, many instances of brain damage occur due to an issue that arises during the delivery process. Brain damage has the ability to cause immediate death, shorten the lifespan of the child, or disable the child. You may have heard the medical terms “anoxia” and “hypoxia” thrown around by doctors. What do these words mean, what symptoms are associated with them, and how are they different? Read the rest »