Overview

Cerebral palsy is a general term used by doctors to refer to a set of neurological conditions that affect a child's movement and co-ordination. Neurological conditions affect the brain and nervous system.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain, which normally occurs before, during or soon after birth. Known possible causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • Infection in early pregnancy.
  • A difficult or premature birth.
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain.
  • Abnormal brain development in the baby.

How Common is Cerebral Palsy?

It is estimated that 1 in every 400 children in the UK is affected by Cerebral Palsy.  Approximately 1,800 babies are diagnosed with the condition each year.

 

Outlook

Cerebral palsy is not a progressive condition. This means it will not get worse as your child gets older. However, it can put a great deal of strain on the body, which can cause problems in later life.

There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, but a range of treatments can help relieve symptoms and increase a child's sense of independence and self-esteem.