A new study concludes that the use of Magnesium Sulphate given to mothers of premature babies cuts the risk of the child developing cerebral palsy by 50 %.
Several months ago I wrote a post regarding a similar study of how administering Magnesium Sulphate to women whose water broke between 24 and 31 weeks reduced the rate of cerebral palsy by 50 %.
Currently, the reason for the reduction is not completely understood; however, side effects are minimal. Furthermore, magnesium sulphate is inexpensive and available at many hospitals. Therefore, I feel that administering magnesium sulphate to diminish the risk of cerebral palsy may soon become standard practice in premature births.