Preventing Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy
ways that may help prevent cerebral palsy during pregnancy include:
- Avoiding exposure to infections or viruses known to impact fetal health, such as German Measles or Zika
- Getting vaccinated before trying to get pregnant
- Controlling underlying health issues, such as blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
- Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs known to pose risks during pregnancy
- Identifying any potential Rh incompatibility between mother and child
Preventing Cerebral Palsy During Birth
It’s essential that parents are informed about what to expect during a typical birth. If at any point you suspect that your child’s health is at risk, parents should alert a doctor or nurse immediately. Any delay in medical attention can increase the chances that your child is born with brain or nerve damage.
Some other tips to reduce risk factors during labor and delivery include:
- Monitor maternal and fetal heart rate. If an alarm bell sounds and a medical staff member is not in the room, call for help immediately.
- Remain as calm as possible during delivery. Stress-induced trauma to the infant brain can be reduced by maintaining a quiet, peaceful delivery room
- Receive regular checkups with your doctor. This is especially important in the weeks leading up to giving birth.
The Importance of Treating Jaundice
Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin that is commonly seen among newborns. When severe cases of jaundice go untreated, this can lead to a serious condition called kernicterus.Kernicterus is a form of brain damage that results from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. This brain damage has been shown to cause cerebral palsy among other health conditions, such as deafness or intellectual disabilities.Actively treating jaundice in a newborn is one of the most effective ways of preventing CP. If parents notice that their child’s skin is exhibiting a yellow pigment that has not yet been treated appropriately, they should seek out medical intervention as soon as possible. If left untreated, jaundice can lead to permanent brain damage
Preventing Cerebral Palsy After Birth
In order to reduce the risks of a child developing CP after being born, there a few things that parents can do. CP prevention during this stage is centered around monitoring developmental milestones, and reducing the chance of head trauma.
Some tips for preventing CP after birth include:
- Making sure your child is vaccinated for all common infant infections
- Using the correct car seat for your child’s weight and height
- Using a crib with bed rail
- Never leaving your child on high countertops or surfaces unattended.