Cerebral palsy, often caused by complications during birth, can create a number of serious consequences and disabilities for the rest of a child’s life, including mental health and neurological problems, malnutrition, lung disease, and osteoarthritis. Additionally, the child’s bone density may be affected, causing bone deformities, irregular growth, and difficulty walking. Affected children may also experience frequent bone fractures, even with only mild trauma.
Causes of Bone Density Changes and Osteoporosis
Changes in bone density may occur in cerebral palsy patients for a variety of reasons, including:
- Low intake of calcium and other nutrients due to difficulties chewing or swallowing
- Abnormal vitamin D metabolism due to lack of sunlight exposure
- Immobility, causing lack of normal growth and bone development
There are certain precautions you can take to avoid the complications associated with decreased bone density or osteoporosis.
- Include 10-15 minutes of sun exposure in daily routine, without sunscreen
- Incorporate vitamin C and D intake into normal meals
- Incorporate weight-bearing exercises
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Oftentimes, cerebral palsy is caused by medical malpractice during the childbirth process. When this happens, the skilled birth injury lawyers of the Driscoll Firm are here to help you fight for compensation that covers all past and future costs of cerebral palsy. Please call our offices at (800) 305-9800 to learn more about taking action against those responsible.