Also known as: Cerebral Palsy
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder affecting a child’s ability to move in a coordinated manner. It usually involves muscle tightness or stiffness, referred to medically as spasticity. Cerebral palsy often results from brain damage that occurs prior to the child’s birth or during the first years of life.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
For many cases of cerebral palsy, the cause is not known. Others can be linked to issues during pregnancy that resulted in brain damage or abnormal brain development. Babies born prematurely, particularly those of low birth weight are more likely to have CP than full term babies.
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