As the parent of a baby or toddler, you can help prevent
cerebral palsy in the following ways:
Get treatment if your newborn has jaundice. All
jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) need to be seen by a
doctor. Treatment is not always required, but it is important to make sure
jaundice does not reach a dangerous level that can cause brain injury.
Prevent head injury. Although not all head injuries
in babies and young children can be prevented, do what you can by consistently
using general safety measures. For example, put your child in a properly
installed safety seat when he or she is riding in a vehicle. Avoid the use of
baby walkers, which can cause severe accidents (such as falling down a flight
of stairs) and result in brain injuries. Never shake or throw your baby. A
baby's brain can be injured severely from the impact, a condition known as
shaken baby syndrome.
Prevent lead poisoning. Houses built before 1978 may
have lead in the original paint. Children may chew, lick, or eat
lead paint on toys, jewelry, or woodwork. This can
lead poisoning. If you live in a house that was built
before 1978, call your local health department for suggestions on how to
identify and handle lead paint. For more information, see the topic Lead
Prevent serious infection in your child. Protect your
child from certain infections that may lead to brain damage.
Keep your child away from people with serious
illnesses that are contagious, such as
Schedule and keep well-child
checkups. And follow the recommended childhood
immunization schedule. This protects your child from
illnesses that cause serious conditions in young children. For more
information, see the topic Immunizations.
Take an ill child to the
doctor if he or she has not improved with home treatment.
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