More research has found that controlling inflammation may be key to reducing the risks of infant brain damage and cerebral palsy. Mirage News reports on a new study done by the University of Queensland.
The researchers wanted to help babies that were born smaller than average. When a baby does not grow at the normal rate in the womb, learning and behavior difficulties may occur that aren’t noticeable until school age. In extreme cases, cerebral palsy can develop.
The researchers found that certain cells in the brains of small children were damaged and that the cause was inflammation. So the researchers wanted to know if using an anti-inflammatory medication would help. After birth, they gave small babies low doses of ibuprofen for three days.
They were able to prove that inflammation was reduced in the affected areas and that there was less damage. The drug is already used to treat some heart conditions in premature babies.
The next step is to find the best method of using this treatment to treat newborn brain injuries. Eventually, they want to run international trials. However, they also warned that parents should not administer ibuprofen to babies without medical supervision.
We hope that this discovery will lead to safe treatments for inflammation in the brains of newborns and reduce the number of birth injuries.