The medical history is an important part of diagnosing
cerebral palsy. A health professional asks parents
questions about the child's development to try to establish whether he or she
has significant risk factors for the disease. This includes asking details
about the pregnancy.
Questions about the pregnancy
A health professional will ask questions to try to determine
whether a child has risk factors for cerebral palsy related to the pregnancy.
Questions for the mother may include:
Did you have any infections, such as German
measles (rubella), during pregnancy?
exposed to any harmful substances, such as strong chemicals or radiation,
Did you smoke, take any illegal drugs, drink
alcohol, or take any medications (prescription or nonprescription) or herbal
remedies during pregnancy?
Did you have any problems during
delivery, such as a long birth process?
Were you aware of any
infections in your birth canal at the time of delivery?
Questions about the child
The health professional will also ask parents questions about their
child's birth and general health, such as:
Was he or she born early
What was the child's birth weight?
any problems noticed right after birth?
Were there any serious
illnesses or accidents before age 3?
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