Can sepsis and meningitis cause cerebral palsy?

Yes, sepsis and meningitis can cause permanent brain damage that results in cerebral palsy. Sepsis and Meningitis: Definition Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is most often caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Sepsis, which is an inflammatory response throughout the body caused by an…

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy, a disorder that often leads to physical disabilities and cognitive impairments, is caused by damage to the part of the developing brain that controls movement. This damage may occur at or near the time of birth. Issues like brain hemorrhaging, placental abruption, and uterine rupture can put a baby at risk for severe…

My baby was born prematurely, and my doctor didn't try to stop the labor. Could this cause cerebral palsy?

Yes. A baby is considered full term at about 39 weeks. When a baby is delivered prior to 37- 39 weeks, it is considered premature and poses some significant health risks such as respiratory or breathing problems, brain bleeds or hemorrhages, jaundice, infections, and cerebral palsy. It is a doctor’s responsibility to attempt to maintain…

Can a delayed C-section cause cerebral palsy?

Yes. If the delay results in decreased oxygen to a baby’s brain, brain damage and cerebral palsy can result. When an emergency C-section is required during labor and delivery due to problems with the baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels, it must be performed within 30 minutes or, in some cases, more quickly. When medical staff fails to perform a…