Is cerebral palsy hereditary?

There are some misconceptions surrounding cerebral palsy and some people tend to believe that it is a hereditary condition. It is not in most cases. Let’s take a look at the most popular causes of cerebral palsy.

What can cause cerebral palsy?

This unfortunate condition is caused by brain damage – either in the womb or shortly after birth. Prenatal factors include infections during pregnancy and general condition which result in birthing the baby long before term. Injuries during birth cause 10% of cerebral palsy cases and include injuries during which the child receives less than enough oxygen and severe untreated jaundice. And injuries after birth which can result in cerebral palsy include the shaken baby syndrome, some infections, and head trauma.

What is cerebral palsy?

It is a condition in which a child’s brain has been damaged and thus the patient doesn’t have full control over her muscles and joints. This can cause problems with moving, walking, speaking, eating, and many other everyday activities.

To restate what has already been said: cerebral palsy is not a hereditary condition when it is caused by head trauma or other external factors. But some cases of cerebral palsy happen due to genetic factors. That’s why it is important to establish the reason for your child having cerebral palsy. If it’s genetic, you may want to check whether it can be passed on to your child’s children.

Cerebral palsy is very rarely hereditary. The best prevention is to take care of yourself during pregnancy and avoid head trauma in your child.


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