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My pediatrician told me that my baby has cerebral palsy. What is cerebral palsy, and how did my baby get it?


A: Cerebral palsy is a significant brain injury that causes many physical and mental problems with a child. There is great debate among physicians and experts about the cause and effect of cerebral palsy. Many doctors believe cerebral palsy is caused from lack of oxygen at the time of delivery, causing brain damage. Other doctors believe the injury to a baby's brain may be caused in-utero (in the mother's womb, before the baby is ever delivered). If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is extremely important that your child be evaluated by a pediatric neurologist for purposes of diagnosis and treatment. You should also speak to an experienced lawyer if your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There may be evidence of malpractice leading to significant injury. In order to fully evaluate whether there is a valid case, your medical records, the baby's records and the fetal monitoring strips have to be reviewed by an expert in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, and also an expert in the field of pediatric neurology.