An electroencephalogram, or EEG for short, is a test used by your baby's doctor to see whether your baby is suffering from seizures. Seizures are commonly seen in babies with Cerebral Palsy. During an EEG, special patches called electrodes
are placed on your baby's scalp to record the natural electrical currents inside your baby's brain. This recording can help the doctor see telltale patterns in
the brain's electrical activity that suggest a seizure disorder.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy
Like every organ in the human body, the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to survive. If the brain fails to get enough oxygen, it begins to die. Sometimes during the birthing process an unborn baby will not get enough oxygen. This is called fetal distress. If an unborn baby with fetal distress is not immediately delivered, the lack of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage. This brain damage can result in Cerebral Palsy.
What Treatments Are There For Cerebral Palsy
Although Cerebral Palsy cannot be cured, treatment will often improve your child's capabilities. Treatment for Cerebral Palsy may include physical and occupational therapy; speech therapy; drugs to control seizures; drugs to relax muscle spasms; drugs to alleviate pain; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids, such as computers with attached voice synthesizers.
What Is Cerebral Palsy
"Cerebral" refers to the brain, while "Palsy" refers to a physical disorder, such as a lack of muscle control. The term Cerebral Palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but don’t worsen over time.
How Long Is A Pregnancy That Goes To Full Term
Generally, a full term pregnancy is considered to be between 38 weeks and 42 weeks. When you have your first prenatal visit and the doctor tells you your due date, that date is the day which is 40 weeks after the first day of your last menstral period. Click here in order to calculate your due date.
Babies born before 38 weeks are considered premature and are at an increased risk for having problems with their lungs and heart. Premature babies are also at an increased risk for developing cereberal palsy.
Babies born after at 41 weeks and later are at increased risk to be still born. Those babies are also at an increased risk to suffer injuries as a result of the delivery process due to their larger size. Often, injuries during the delivery process are the result of a condition known as shoulder dystocia, where the baby's shoulder becomes lodged against the mother's pelvis during the delivery. There are specific steps a doctor is supposed to take to dislodge a shoulder dystocia and if the doctor does not do so the baby can suffer permanent nerve damage and injury. This type of injury is known as a brachial plexus injury.