Cerebral palsy statistics are surprisingly difficult to pin down. For a condition with so many cases that have been identified for such a long time, it seems little research and study has been done to provide detailed cerebral palsy stats.
Centers for Disease Control government studies conducted in Atlanta have provided additional cerebral palsy statistics. Their study indicates that roughly 1 out of every 400 children at age 10 has cerebral palsy. Eighty-one percent of these children had
spastic cerebral palsy.
Seventy-five percent had one or more other symptoms or disabilities (epilepsy, visual impairment, mental retardation, etc).
According to the National Institutes of Health, the percentage of babies with cerebral palsy has remained the same over the past 30 years. Improved care in neonatal intensive-care units has resulted in higher survival rates for very low birth weight babies. Many of these infants will have suffered brain damage that will cause the characteristic symptoms of cerebral palsy.
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