Cerebral Palsy (CP), mental retardation, and autism are the commonest neurodevelopmental disorders. The article affirms that future studies on the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders are crucial, with greater attention to the intrauterine risk aspects. The input of the authors is worthless concerning the management and care of patients with Cerebral Palsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the recommendations and information from the article are of importance for future studies that will centre on the management of the disorders. I could employ the information from the article for mass education through contribution in campaigns focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders.
Being a nonprogressive motor disability, Cerebral Palsy (CP), as well as mental retardation and autism, denotes the commonest neurodevelopmental disorder (Tomasovic, Predojevi, Stanojevi, & Bošnjak Nad, 2012). The objective of the article was to analyze the possible prenatal etiological aspects for the surfacing of neurodevelopmental disorders and Cerebral Palsy from the health documentation of one hundred children with neuromotor disabilities that were treated in Special Hospital for Children having movement and neurodevelopmental disorders. The outcomes were that neurodevelopmental disorder and Cerebral Palsy were more frequently established in children with birth weight less than 2.5 kg that were statistically attested with the rate of significance getting to 0.05 though the significant connection was poor for both considerations, getting to 0.21. Both statistically considerable dissimilarities and the statistically considerable connection were evident involving the three gestational age groups within neurodevelopmental disorder and Cerebral Palsy. There were a higher number of children with their weight less than 2.5 kg in Cerebral Palsy as compared to the ones in the neurodevelopmental disorder category, and the dissimilarity was statistically considerable. In the Cerebral Palsy category, there were a higher number of children having lower gestational age as compared to the neurodevelopmental disorder category that was statistically greatly considerable. Such dissimilarity, coupled with correlation had a significance level of 0.01. The article concludes that future research on the aetiology of neurodevelopmental disorders is vital, with a greater concentration on the intrauterine risk aspects.
The input of the article is valueless as regards the relevance in the treatment and care for patients with Cerebral Palsy or neurodevelopmental disorders. The article just focuses on the investigation of the presence of perinatal risk aspects in children that have neurodevelopmental disorders and Cerebral Palsy and the hunt for potential causal association involving neurological impairment and perinatal risk aspects. Though it is remarkable to discover the risk factors and their connection with neurodevelopmental disorders, since it forms a basis for the comprehension of the disorder, the article is considerably unessential in the treatment of the disorders in that it does not focus on the care of the patients with the disorders. Nevertheless, the recommendations and insights from the article are of significance for future studies that will focus on the management of the disorders.
Reading the article aroused my remembrance of a close friend that gave birth to a premature baby that developed Cerebral Palsy. The mother was a cigarette smoker, and the weight of the baby at birth was below 1.5 kg. Tomasovic et al. (2012) affirm that cigarette smoking is a potential risk factor, and low weight and preterm birth are among other critical risk factors. Since early identification of children with the disorders will create room for timely management and contribute to the diminution of unfavourable results in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and Cerebral Palsy, I could use the knowledge from the article both in my current and future practice for mass education through participation in campaigns focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders.
Aylward, G. P. (2014). Neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants born prematurely. Journal of Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrics, 35(6), 394-407.
Tomasovic, S., Predojevi, M., Stanojevi, M., & Bošnjak Nad, K. (2012). Neurologic parameters in the perinatal period in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Journal of Maternal-Foetal & Neonatal Medicine, 25(10), 2088-2092.