The Link Between Infant Head Size and Cerebral Palsy

The Link Between Infant Head Size and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a blanket term that refers to a neurological condition characterized by impaired motor function typically caused by brain damage or abnormal brain development in utero, or during delivery or immediately thereafter. Each case is different, but in general cerebral palsy affects muscle control and coordination and balance. It may also affect fine motors skill, speech and cognition. Cerebral palsy is often caused by difficulties at birth, including a prolonged delivery.

A recent study determined that babies with larger head circumferences were at greater risk for experiencing brain damage at birth, and subsequently developing cerebral palsy. The study's authors concluded that infant's whose heads are in the 90th percentile were at 10 times the risk for suffering brain damage leading to cerebral palsy.

Based on this information, it is recommended that as part of a mother's prenatal care, that her health care team assess head size during late pregnancy to determine what precaution or steps should be taken to help prevent harm.

The failure to properly assess risks and take preventative actions to avoid birth injuries may constitute medical malpractice in certain situations. For more information or if your child has suffered harm due to a birth injury, please contact the compassionate San Diego birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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