Cerebral Palsy - Prevention
The cause of
cerebral palsy (CP) sometimes is not known. But links
have been identified between CP and certain conditions during pregnancy, birth,
and early childhood. Some of these can be prevented, and some cannot.
Doing all you can before and during pregnancy can help lower the risk that a brain injury will occur in a developing baby. Tips for healthy habits before and during pregnancy include:
- Eat nutritious foods.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid exposure to harmful substances.
- See your doctor
Help prevent CP in your young child by minimizing your child's risk for
sustaining a brain injury.
- Take measures to prevent accidents.
- Make sure you are familiar with the signs of
jaundice in newborns.
- Know how to prevent
- Keep your child away from
people who have serious contagious illnesses, such as
- Make sure your child's
immunizations are up-to-date. For more information,
see the topic