Environmental Factors Of Cerebral Palsy

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Many environmental factors play a role in the health of your unborn child therefore creating a risk factor for your child developing cerebral palsy. Small habits such as smoking drinking alcohol and use of any illicit drugs is putting your unborn baby at risk for permanent and potential health One of the most common questions about cerebral palsy is, is cerebral palsy genetic? 'A growing body of evidence ' suggests that cerebral palsy is a result of a combination of genetic factors, like those of neurodevelopment disorders such as autism. Some genetic contributions effect the brain malformations, miswiring the nerve cell connections leading them to cause cerebral palsy. Also there are record of some dysfunctional hereditary genes that prevent …show more content…
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extend to third degree, first cousins. Multiple genes interact with each other creating a pattern of risk suggesting that multifactorial inheritance. Therefore this evidence suggests that the underlying cause of cerebral palsy is much more than the clinical management of birthing (Tollånes MC, 2016).

Premature birth is considered a significant risk factor, however many babies do not develop or grow up any different to full term born babies (cerebralpalsy.org, 2016). In addition prematurity is not considered a cause of brain damage that results in cerebral palsy. However the likelihood of developing cerebral palsy is increased when a baby is born prematurely as nearly half premature babies develop cerebral palsy. Babies born premature face many challenges such as bodies and nervous system may not be fully developed, which can lead to respiratory problems, neurological conditions such as damage to the brain 's white matter that is associated with cerebral palsy (cerebralpalsy.org,
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Professor Joy Lawn explains even in the womb girls develop at a quicker pace than boys developing their lungs and other organs quicker (Unicef.org, 2016).

Babies who are born at a low birth weight less than 5 pounds and 8 ounces are at a significant risk for developing cerebral palsy. Statistics show that 7.6% of birth qualify for a low birth weight, the lower the birth weight the higher the risk is for the baby to develop cerebral palsy. The low birthing weight may be an indication that the baby has not finished developing. However many babies are born at a low weight and are healthy with no reason for concern.

Through further research it has been show that boys are more at risk of developing cerebral palsy than girls. For every 100 girls with cerebral palsy there are 135 boys suffering (Cerebralpalsy.org.au, 2016). It is also founded that cerebral palsy is more common in black children than white. However Hispanic and white children are equally at risk of developing cerebral palsy (Cerebralpalsy.org.au,

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