There is nothing more traumatizing than being told your newborn baby has an injury. One of the most troubling diagnoses a parent can hear is that their child may have cerebral palsy.
The term cerebral palsy refers to a condition that is typically a result of a birth injury, either while the child is still in the womb or during the birthing process. In a majority of the cases, cerebral palsy is caused by a maternal infection during pregnancy. There are a number of infections that could cause cerebral palsy. These include German measles, also known as rubella, and toxoplasmosis, an infection that is caused by eating improperly cooked meat, or spread by a pathogen found in cat feces.
Maternal health complications can also cause cerebral palsy. For example, if there is Rh incompatibility between the mother and infant, the body of the mother actually produces antibodies that harm the blood cells of the fetus. In a case like this, the newborn baby may suffer from a severe form of jaundice, and this could cause brain damage.
Newborn jaundice is a fairly common condition, but in its severe and untreated form may cause serious damage to brain cells, and one of the consequences of that damage is sometimes cerebral palsy.
However, birth injury is a factor in approximately a quarter of all cases of cerebral palsy.