Are Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Cerebral Palsy?

child in wheelchairWhen your child is born premature, you are undoubtedly concerned about your child’s health status. Cerebral palsy is, unfortunately, a quite common chronic disease for premature babies who are born in a delicate state. A dangerous and debilitating disease, cerebral palsy involves damage to motor areas in the brain, disrupting the brain’s ability to control movement and posture. If your infant’s head was injured during the birth process, or if there was oxygen deprivation during or after labor and delivery, your infant may be at risk for cerebral palsy.

The following are common causes of cerebral palsy in a premature baby, including but not limited to:

  • Over-ventilation and hypocarbia injuries from a ventilator
  • Surfactant administration complications as a result of abnormally low CO2 levels
  • Neonatal hypoglycemia, caused by the baby’s glucose dropping drastically
  • Jaundice, which possibly leads to kernicterus
  • Anemia of prematurity
  • Apnea of prematurity
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a common lung problem due to long-term ventilation or oxygen therapy
  • Hemodynamic complications, caused by RDS, heart dysfunction, capillary leak syndrome, or low blood volume
  • Intracranial hemorrhages, caused as a result of underdeveloped blood vessels, or physical trauma during the delivery process
  • Infections in the vagina or uterus, leading to fetal distress or umbilical cord prolapse

Contact Our Southfield Birth Injury Attorneys Today

If your premature baby is a victim of cerebral palsy at the hands of a medical professional’s hastiness or negligence, our Southfield birth injury lawyers of Fieger Law want to help. We know absolutely nothing is quite as important as fighting for your child’s rights. This is why our experienced and diligent legal team is determined to thoroughly investigate your case until it is resolved as beneficially as possible.

Contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (800) 294-6637.


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