What causes cerebral palsy?
As confusing as it may sound, the truth is that
the exact causes of cerebral palsy (CP) are not always known.1
Multiple causes and certain risk factors have been shown to have a link with cerebral palsy.
- Malformations during development
- Maternal infections during pregnancy
- Certain genetic factors
- Problems during labour and delivery
- Post-natal infections or injuries
These causes may all affect normal brain development, resulting in various types and degrees of CP.1
Whatever the case may be, know that it is normal to have feelings of guilt when your child is diagnosed with CP.
However, remember that you are not responsible for your child’s diagnosis and that you are not alone, as most parents go through these emotions when first learning of their child’s diagnosis.
- Reddihough DS and Collins KJ. The epidemiology and causes of cerebral palsy. Aust J Physiother. 2003;49(1):7-12.