Cerebral palsy includes a group of disorders caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Unfortunately, CP can occur due to medical negligence during the birthing process. How can you find out if your child has cerebral palsy?
CP affects muscle tone, movement and posture. Most babies show signs within the first few months, but others may not show symptoms until they are at least two years old.
Issues with movement and coordination
Most parents notice a problem with their children’s movements and coordination. Kids with cerebral palsy may have stiff muscles, exaggerated reflexes and seem too floppy or rigid.
Babies with cerebral palsy may struggle to coordinate their arms and legs and do not always meet milestones without delay. You might notice your child cannot roll over, crawl or walk respectively.
Delays and difficulties with speech and eating
As children age, they may have more difficulties speaking or eating. Children with cerebral palsy may have excessive drool and have difficulty chewing, swallowing or sucking. Some signs of cerebral palsy include limited jaw, tongue and lip movement and a nonstandard rhythm or pitch to speech.
Developmental delays and growth
If your baby has cerebral palsy, he or she may be smaller than usual. Babies often fail to meet their weight and height goals after infancy. Additionally, kids with cerebral palsy may have learning delays and intellectual disabilities.
Doctors cannot cure cerebral palsy. Some symptoms worsen or become more apparent as the child grows. Fortunately, there are lifelong treatments to improve your child’s quality of life.