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A 32-year-old member asked:

Will a child with cerebral palsy ever walk?

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Dr. George Gantsoudes
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: Most children (70%) with CP walk, however there are still many that don't. There are some signs to watch for. If the child isn't sitting independently by age 2, retains primitive reflexes, among others, the child may not walk. It is very important to have your child followed closely by a multidisciplinary team including a pediatric orthopaedist, pt, neurologist, orthotist, etc.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to speculate: You provide no background on the case if there is one that you have an interest in. CP can be so mild a person never knows it in their lifetime unless they by chance have specialized neurological testing. It can also be so involved, they are totally dependent on others for all their needs.The majority are independent and self sufficient.Some abandon walking to gain speed with a wheeled device.
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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Possibly: CP is a broad collection of movement disorders. Each case is unique & outcomes are variable. Early and agressive therapy and medical management of associated problems can provide a chance of upright mobility later. At some point the affected kid may let go of trying to move like others & decide s/he is too slow that way & a wheel chair or other assistive device makes life better.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
38 years experience
Don't know.: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that causes abormal control of muscles that is due to an injury to a developing brain. This includes injuries from before birth up until age 8 years. The types of injuries are numerous and include genetic disorders, infections, strokes before or after birth, near-drownings, traumatic injuries, child abuse, etc. Most of these cannot be predicted before birth.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes cerebral palsy in child?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Damage to the brain: Cerebral palsy is a term used to label a child who has a static encephalopathy. There are many different types and degrees of dysfunction that fall within that label. There are abnormalities of motor function found on neurological examination, but the child may be quite intelligent and otherwise normal. The cause is complex but involves damage to motor control areas of the brain.
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Last updated Jul 8, 2017
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