Cerebral Palsy risk factors associated with pregnancy and delivery

  • Shahid Afridi Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Bangladesh https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9558-5640
  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Bangladesh https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1952-9436
  • Md. Raisul Hassan Department of Physiotherapy, State College of Health Sciences, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Tamzid Hossain Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Bangladesh
  • Dr. Md Golam Nobi Department of Physiotherapy, Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), CRP, Bangladesh
  • Noor Ahmad Department of Physiotherapy, Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), CRP, Bangladesh
  • Jannatul Taslima Meem Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Bangladesh
  • Sahana Chowdhury Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Bangladesh
  • Md. Mahfujur Rahman Department of Geosciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
Keywords: Cerebral palsy, Risk factor, Pregnancy, Delivery


Objective: To identify and analyze the risk factors associated with pregnancy and delivery that contribute to the development of cerebral palsy in children.

Material and Methods: To better understand what factors lead to cerebral palsy in children, a cross-sectional study was conducted at the CRP pediatric hospital in Savar, Dhaka. The study's sample size of 56 was reached by a convenience sample of mothers of children with cerebral palsy. In-person interviews were conducted utilizing a survey instrument translated into Bengali or the native tongue and then pilot tested. Excel and SPSS were used for statistical analysis. Informed consent and confidentiality were ensured under ethical guidelines.

Results: The data shows past socioeconomic variables. Population age distribution: 37.50% 29–35. 88.1% were Muslim. 59% rural residential areas. 35.70% SSC education.  85.7% had two or more children, 45.6% under three. 55% were males, 45% female. 41% of pregnancies had issues, and 24.9% of women underwent abortions. Normal births were 51.80% and cesarean sections 48.20%. Post-birth statistics included crying immediately (34%), yellowish eyes (50%), fever with seizures (61%), head injuries (48%), and birth hypoxia (38%). 35.70% were born at home, 30.40% in hospitals (17.90% public, 16.10% private). Figure 3 showed hypertension (20%), diabetes (16%), and anemia (23%). Age, religion, education, number of children, past abortions, delivery method, and birthplace were correlated. Diabetes, hypertension, anemia, and birthplace were unrelated.

Conclusion: Awareness of cerebral palsy is poor despite its prevalence. In developed country physiotherapy is considered as an important treatment for cerebral palsy children. Quantitative research was used to survey pediatric patients and identify risk variables in this study. Factors shared by many were old age, illiteracy, and origins in rural areas. Risk recognition and mitigation must be prioritized.


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How to Cite
Afridi, S., Anwar Hossain, M., Hassan, M. R., Hossain, T., Golam Nobi, D. M., Ahmad, N., Taslima Meem, J., Chowdhury, S., & Rahman, M. M. (2023). Cerebral Palsy risk factors associated with pregnancy and delivery. GPH-International Journal of Biological & Medicine Science, 6(07), 16-24. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8296908

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