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February 3, 2011

Study About How To Prevent Cerebral Palsy In Infants Reviewed by New York Birth Injury Lawyers

Cerebral palsy is a term used to cover a group of brain and nervous system disorders affecting 10,000 babies annually. About 50% of all cerebral palsy cases involve full-term or near full-term infants. According to the American Medical Association, there are ways to prevent cerebral palsy in full-term and premature infants.

One way to prevent CP in a full-term infant is to prevent chorioamnionitis. Chorioamnionitis is an inflammation or infection in the amnion and/or chorion, the membranes that surround and protect a fetus before birth. It affects 1-10% of term births and is often associated with prolonged labor.

Risk factors for chorioamnionitis include: prolonged labor, maternal age (less than 21 years old), prolonged rupture of membranes, first pregnancy, and multiple vaginal examinations during labor. If it is timely diagnosed (typically after a mother exhibits a fever, increased heart rate, uterine tenderness and/or foul smelling amniotic fluid), chorioamnionitis can be treated with intravenous antibiotics (usually ampicillin or clindamycin, plus gentamicin). Undiagnosed chorioamnionitis, which may be the result of medical malpractice, can lead to serious complications including bacteremia, meningitis and respiratory distress syndrome which, depending upon the severity, can restrict fetal oxygenation and lead to cerebral palsy.

In preterm infants, administering a drug called magnesium sulfate 24 hours before delivery may also reduce the risk of cerebral palsy. Studies suggest that "mag sulfate" has a neuroprotective effect.

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December 10, 2010

Fight Watertown Birth Injury Disabilities By Supporting Northern New York Cerebral Palsy Association

"7 out of every 1,000 children experience a birth injury," said Watertown cerebral palsy lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., an attorney with Syracuse-based Bottar Leone, PLLC, a law firm prosecuting New York birth injury lawsuits throughout the State, including those arising out of a failure to diagnose preeclampsia discussed in our blog post titled "Watertown New York Women With Gestational Diabetes At Risk For Preeclampsia, Palsy and Birth Injury."

"Caring for these children takes time and costs money." Many organizations exist to aid children permanently disabled following a difficult birth. These organizations, like the Northern New York Cerebral Palsy Association, provide services to children with conditions such as cerebral palsy while, at the same time, acting as a resource to families with children who have developmental disabilities.

Not-for-profit organizations cannot exist unless the community donates time and/or money. "Even in difficult times, we must remember to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves."

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December 5, 2010

Upstate Cerebal Palsy Offers Inclusive Preschool In Utica New York

Upstate Cerebral Palsy, a private not-for-profit based in Utica, New York, recently announced the availability of inclusive preschool programs through six New Discoveries Learning Centers in Utica, Barneveld, Rome, Chadwicks and Clinton.

Inclusive preschool programs usually consist of 3-5 year old children, half of whom are typically developing and half of whom are "special needs." Special needs may include learning disabilities, profound retardation and/or cerebral palsy, as well as terminal illnesses and psychiatric problems. According to Utica birth injury lawyer Michael A. Bottar, and attorney with Bottar Leone, PLLC, a law firm with nearly three decades of experience handling New York birth injury lawsuits, "research suggests that inclusive preschools help special needs children with development because they are in close, direct contact with other children who may act as behavioral role models. At the same time, these children can receive essentially therapy."

Special needs children come from all walks of life. Some children with special needs suffer from unavoidable birth defects, while others are disabled because they sustained brain damage during birth and were born with low APGARs following fetal distress marked by prolonged fetal heart rate decelerations. No matter what the cause of a child's disability, it is well known that early intervention with speech, physical and occupational therapy, as well as child peer contact, can accelerate development.

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December 4, 2010

Birth At Night Increases Cerebral Palsy Risk From Baby Brain Injury In Syracuse New York

Syracuse birth injury lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., an attorney with Bottar Leone, PLLC, a team of New York cerebral palsy attorneys, reports that the findings of a new study suggest that children born at night are at greater risk for being diagnosed with "neonatal encephalopathy,"

"Neonatal encephalopathy is a rare brain disorder marked by symptoms including abnormal consciousness, tone, reflexes, breathing and feeding. It can lead to cerebral palsy or epilepsy," said Bottar. According to a study published in the November edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, babies born between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. were 22% more likely to experience a brain problem. The study examined more than 2,000,000 births over a period of 14 years.

Prior studies have linked birth injuries to night time deliveries, with some suggesting that medical residents (i.e., new doctors), tired obstetricians, and understaffed hospital labor and delivery units may contribute to New York labor and delivery complications, including fetal distress, low APGAR scores from hypoxia and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which may form the basis of a New York birth injury lawsuit seeking compensation for permanent disability, such as cerebral palsy or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Conditions like cerebral palsy and PPHN typically are caused by an injury to the infant's brain that can occur before, during, or shortly after birth. When a baby's brain does not receive enough oxygen, it can sustain permanent damage that can lead to seizures, global developmental delays, cognitive impairment, loss of vision, and other life-long disabilities.

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