- Written by by Queen Munguti for Kenyakidz
Last week the world cerebral palsy day in the country was marked with a walk in Nairobi in bid raise awareness on the condition in the country.
“Cerebral palsy is a neurological disease that affects children before, during or after birth,” said Rose Mureu, the organizer of the event. “One of the main causes of the condition is a lack of oxygen in the child’s brain. Some complications experienced during pregnancy or during delivery can restrict the flow of oxygen in the brain.”
“Accidents, abuse, medical malpractice, negligence, infections, and injury are some known risk factors that may lead to cerebral palsy.”It can also be caused by prolonged labour, premature birth, an infection caught by the mother during pregnancy, abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labor and delivery; this is according to the cerebral palsy informational website, cerebralpalsy.org
The best ways for a mother to prevent the disease is to ensure that she has prenatal care, “the mother needs to be well taken care of to avoid any complications during pregnancy,” said Rose. “But not only during pregnancy also maternity services during and after birth should also be quality because even a bay’s fall can cause cerebral palsy.”
“They should also get a doctor’s opinion before deciding the best type of child birth for them, women with a narrow cervix should consider a caesarean section.”
Symptoms of the condition include; stiffness and weakness in the muscles uncontrolled body movements balance and co-ordination problems among others. The condition is incurable but treatment and therapy help manage effects on the body.
“The injury and damage to the brain is permanent. The brain does not “heal” as other parts of the body might. Because of this, the Cerebral Palsy itself will not change for better or worse during a person’s lifetime. On the other hand, associative conditions may improve or worsen over time,” said cerebralpalsy.org.