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
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.