Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Causes

The main cause for Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is damage to the cerebellum, or the small area at the base of the brain that regulates motor control.  This is the part of the brain that does not initiate movement, but rather regulates and coordinates it, which is why people with Ataxic CP often walk unsteady, or with a gait.  Because the cerebellum is associated with all movement, those with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy can have uncoordinated movement in all limbs and their torso.

Ataxic CP is also defined by abnormal brain development or brain damage.  Possible causes of it include exposure to toxins, infections, prenatal strokes, high blood pressure in the mother, and a number of other factors.

Another way a child can develop Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is lack of oxygen during birth, which is different from Ataxic Breathing.  Whether the child’s airway is constricted during a difficult delivery or if the uterus tears or ruptures before birth can both lead to Ataxic or other forms of CP.  Lack of oxygen can also be caused by damage to the placenta, umbilical cord, or if the mother’s blood pressure drops too low.