Cerebral palsy (CP) is a leading cause of physical disability in childhood with evidence that 90% of children with the condition sustain damage or malformation to their developing brain during the antenatal period. With half of all cases of children with CP being born prematurely many need extra help and support in the neonatal period. The aims of neonatal nursing for this high risk group include prevention of further neurological complications as well as working maintain stable infant physiology and provide information and support to parents. While a diagnosis of CP is seldom welcome there is now evidence that most children with CP are mildly affected, most have a normal life expectancy, most are well adjusted and most are happy, reporting a quality of life similar to children without CP. Neonatal nurses are ideally placed to communicate and prepare parents of children at high risk of developing CP about more positive future likely outcomes than previously thought.
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- Maternity and Midwifery