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:
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.
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.