Ataxic cerebral palsy (ACP) is a neurological disorder characterized by impaired coordination of muscle movements and posture, resulting from damage to the brain before birth or during early childhood.
The condition affects movement patterns and causes problems with balance, walking, speech, vision, hearing, swallowing, breathing, eating, learning, and thinking.
What Causes Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
The cause of ataxic cerebral palsy is unknown. However, there are some factors that increase the risk of developing this condition. For example, if you were born prematurely, your baby’s brain was exposed to higher levels of oxygen than normal. This could lead to brain injury.
If you had a premature delivery, your doctor might recommend that you take folic acid supplements to reduce the risk of having a child with ataxia. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
Other factors that may increase the risk of ataxic cerebral paralysis include low birth weight, multiple births, maternal diabetes, and certain infections during pregnancy.
The term “ataxia” means lack of coherence or orderliness. This is because the brain areas responsible for movement control and sensory integration are damaged.