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Cerebral Palsy - Prevention

The cause of cerebral palsy (CP) sometimes isn't known. But links have been identified between CP and certain conditions during pregnancy, birth, and early childhood. Some of these can be prevented. Some cannot.

Before and during pregnancy

Doing all you can before and during pregnancy can help lower the risk that a brain injury will occur in a developing baby. Here are some tips for healthy habits before and during pregnancy.

  • Eat nutritious foods.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Avoid exposure to harmful substances.
  • See your doctor regularly.

For babies and young children

Help prevent CP in your young child by minimizing your child's risk for getting a brain injury.

If your child has not been diagnosed with CP, pay attention to whether your child is reaching early developmental milestones. Report anything you notice to your doctor at regularly scheduled well-child visits or anytime you have concerns.

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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