Five medical mistakes that could lead to cerebral palsy

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2021 | Birth Injuries

Many South Carolina parents expecting a child simply want their new baby is healthy. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made while the mother is pregnant or during the birth process that can lead to serious medical issues, including cerebral palsy.

What is cerebral palsy?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to move and keep their balance due to abnormal brain development or brain damage. Some people with cerebral palsy also have other medical issues such as intellectual disabilities, seizures, vision problems, hearing problems, speech problems, scoliosis or contractures. There is no cure for cerebral palsy.

What medical errors can lead to cerebral palsy?

The following are five medical errors during pregnancy or the birth process that could lead to cerebral palsy. Keep in mind that this list is not all-exhaustive. There are many causes of cerebral palsy.

  • Injuries during the birth process. Failing to recognize that the fetus is in an abnormal birth position puts the infant could cause an infant to suffer cerebral palsy. In addition, the improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps can cause brain injuries leading to cerebral palsy.
  • Not addressing infections during pregnancy. If an expecting mother develops an infection while pregnant and the infection goes untreated, it can lead to cerebral palsy. This is because an infection can overwhelm the expecting mother’s immune system, subjecting the fetus to suffer permanent damage to their brain.
  • Letting jaundice go untreated. Healthy blood cells are necessary to bring oxygen to one’s brain. Jaundice, which allows bile pigments to circulate through a newborn’s bloodstream, needs to be treated early. The failure to do so could lead to cerebral palsy.
  • Failing to prevent Rh incompatibility. If a pregnant woman’s blood is Rh-negative and the fetus’s blood is Rh-positive, the fetus could be deprived of oxygen. If Rh incompatibility is not identified and treated through the use of RhoGAM, it can lead to cerebral palsy.
  • Birth If the fetus does not receive sufficient oxygen during the birth process, it can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy. Breech birth positions are a common cause of birth asphyxiation.

Learn more about birth injuries

A lifelong birth injury such as cerebral palsy is a situation no parent wants for their child. Unfortunately, acts of medical malpractice can lead to such problems. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Parents who believe their child suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice can explore our firm’s website for further information on this topic.


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