(CP) is a result of an injury to the brain or abnormal development of the brain. In many
cases, the exact cause isn't known. The damage or abnormality may occur
during pregnancy or birth or within the first 2 to 3 years of life.
Possible causes of CP during pregnancy or birth can include
genetic problems, infections or health problems in the
mother or baby during pregnancy, or problems related to labor and
delivery. Health problems in a newborn,
such as untreated low blood sugar, can also cause brain damage that leads to
Possible causes of CP related to an early birth (premature birth) are related to the brain's development. For example, babies born too early are
at risk for bleeding in the brain.
Possible causes of CP within the first 2 or 3 years of life are usually related to brain
damage from a serious illness, injury, or lack of oxygen to the brain.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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