Research on babies and children in South Carolina reveals decline in the incidence of cerebral palsy

In Australia and Europe, researchers have been able to use population-based registries to extract data on the incidence of cerebral palsy (CP) over time. However, the U.S. does not have a similar registry, and therefore research on the prevalence of cerebral palsy in American babies and children has produced more nebulous results. This lack of a quality dataset may be due to our decentralized medical systems and large population sizes, among other factors (1). Although cerebral palsy is the most common type of motor disorder in children, this condition can often be prevented with proper prenatal, obstetrical, and neonatal care. Cerebral palsy often stems from oxygen deprivation or excessive force to a baby’s head around the time of birth. In many cases, these types of birth injuries are associated with inadequate care. Changes in hospital policies, doctor training, and available treatments can reduce rates of birth injuries and subsequent cerebral palsy. However, in…

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