Cerebral Palsy

Symptoms of cerebral palsy are more effects the child feels or expresses and are not necessarily visible. Noticeable symptoms can include:

Inability to maintain posture while sitting due to over relaxed core muscles

Spastic movement

Unusual walk

Impaired fine motor skills

Difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing

Cause:

A brain injury or malformation that occurs during the brain’s development before, during, or after birth

Diagnosis:

There is no test that confirms or rules out Cerebral Palsy

A child may be diagnosed soon after birth

For a majority, a diagnosis can be made in the first two years

Treatment:

Physical Therapy

Orthotics

Occupational and Speech Therapy

Medications can help with some issues caused by cerebral palsy

surgery

Prognosis:

Children with mild forms of cerebral palsy have a normal life expectancy

Severe cases can reduce the person's likelihood of surviving to the age of 20 to 40%

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