March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
CP is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.
Cerebral = having to do with the brain
Palsy = weakness/problems with using the muscles
How common is it?
- Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood.
- Up to 4 out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. have it.
What causes Cerebral Palsy?
- Abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain due to:
- Low birth weight and premature birth
- Lack of blood and oxygen to the brain during birth
- Infection during pregnancy
What medical issues are associated with Cerebral Palsy?
- Incontinence issues (due to impaired sensation, poor muscle control, leakage)
- Urological issues (one third of CP patients require urological evaluation)
- Nutrition issues (see below):
Nutrition and Cerebral Palsy:
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- MyChild at CerebralPalsy.org
- Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities And Special Health Care Needs. J Acad Nutr Diet.
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