Cerebral Palsy Risk Factors
There are specific cerebral palsy risk factors for congenital cerebral palsy that occurs before or during the birthing process. In statistics maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about 10 percent of all cases of CP are acquired after birth. The following risk factors should not be confused as a cause for cerebral palsy.
- Low Birth Weight – Newborns who are underweight (weighing 5.5 pounds or less at birth) are more likely to suffer cerebral palsy than other newborns. Children born three pounds or less have an even more significant likelihood of suffering congenital CP.