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Study Finds Program to Prevent Cerebral Palsy in Premature Babies is Effective

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture. It is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually before or during birth. Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy because their brains are not fully developed. However, a recent study has found that a program to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies is effective.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement, muscle tone, and posture. It is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually before or during birth. The symptoms of cerebral palsy vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. Some common symptoms include:

- Muscle stiffness or spasticity

- Weakness or paralysis

- Tremors or involuntary movements

- Difficulty with coordination or balance

- Delayed development of motor skills

Premature Babies and Cerebral Palsy

Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy because their brains are not fully developed. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of cerebral palsy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 345 children in the United States has cerebral palsy.

The Study

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found that a program to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies is effective. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and involved 216 premature babies who were born between 24 and 34 weeks of gestation.

The program, called the General Movement Assessment (GMA), involves observing the movements of premature babies and identifying any abnormal movements that could indicate a risk of cerebral palsy. If abnormal movements are detected, the baby is referred for further evaluation and treatment.

The study found that the GMA program was effective in identifying babies at risk of cerebral palsy and referring them for early intervention. Of the 216 babies in the study, 14 were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. All 14 of these babies had been identified as at risk by the GMA program and had received early intervention.

Early Intervention

Early intervention is key to preventing or minimizing the effects of cerebral palsy. The earlier a baby receives treatment, the better the outcome is likely to be. Treatment for cerebral palsy may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medication.

Conclusion

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture. Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy because their brains are not fully developed. However, a program to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies is effective. The General Movement Assessment (GMA) program involves observing the movements of premature babies and identifying any abnormal movements that could indicate a risk of cerebral palsy. Early intervention is key to preventing or minimizing the effects of cerebral palsy.

FAQs

1. What is cerebral palsy?

- Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement, muscle tone, and posture. It is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually before or during birth.

2. Are premature babies at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy?

- Yes, premature babies are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy because their brains are not fully developed.

3. What is the General Movement Assessment (GMA) program?

- The General Movement Assessment (GMA) program involves observing the movements of premature babies and identifying any abnormal movements that could indicate a risk of cerebral palsy.

4. What is early intervention?

- Early intervention is key to preventing or minimizing the effects of cerebral palsy. The earlier a baby receives treatment, the better the outcome is likely to be.

5. What kind of treatment is available for cerebral palsy?

- Treatment for cerebral palsy may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medication.

 


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