Ask an expert
Question

25 Nov 2005

Possibility of Cerebral Palsy from ventilator
One twin passed away on Sunday 20 Nov. Mother is concerned about the development of Cerebral Palsy in remaining twin (Connor) due to the ventilator. Is this a possibility? What can be done to prevent other prem diseases?

Concerned Aunt
Answer 348 views
Expert
Premature baby expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Concerned Aunt

I am sorry to hear about the baby that passed away. They always live in our hearts and remember to support the parents since the other twin does not take the place of the baby that has been lost.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) can only be diagnosed when the child start with development of skills such as moving, crawling, sitting, etc. – about after a year and the diagnosis need to be made a your pediatrician or a neurologist. Babies born before 28 weeks are at higher risk for cerebral palsy due to the immature organs, especially the brain. The ventilator does not cause CP, but can rather effect breathing in the first 3 years. CP can be caused by a brain injury, such as a baby being deprived of oxygen for a long time and blood pressure that fluctuates a lot. If the healthcare professionals looking after your baby feel that he might be at risk for CP they will do a head sonar before discharging him from the hospital and then you will receive information on the result of this sonar on follow-up’s that might be necessary. You may find it helpful to take the baby for an early intervention screening (done by a multi-professional team) when he is 4 months corrected age to set you mind at ease. Usually the outcomes in premmies are good, but we need to be sensitive and open for possible risks. Please send more e-mails whenever you are concerned.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
32% - 9425 votes
No
68% - 19886 votes
Vote