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Child With Cerebral Palsy
...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more
Low: The largest group of newborns(45, 000) followed for 7 years in the collaborative perinatal project gave an incidence of 4/1000 births.Interestingly, most had a history of a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery, so the exact reason for their problem was unclear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to answer: This question depends a whole lot more on your child's learning ability than their cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder, not a learning disorder. So many children with CP can learn using the same methods as any other child. If you are unsure if your child has a learning disability you should ask your doctor or a developmental pediatrician for advice. ...Read more
Does a child with cerebral palsy have to depend on others for everything? Can this child be trained to lead a somewhat independent life?
Unexpected injury: On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. ...Read more
Interview the parent: The best source of information on this issue is the parent who deals with it daily. Many will provide you with a description of the activities of daily living and the kids usual routine. Any known do's & don'ts, feeding or hygiene needs should be reviewed. As long as you try to keep the kid well within his/her regular routine, things should go well. ...Read more
Brain-based: Cerebral palsy means " weakness that comes from the brain, " a categorical diagnosis. It can be from the way the brain formed, beginning in the first month of pregnancy. Any time before or after birth areas of the brain may have had insufficient oxygen, a stroke, or a bleed for a variety of reasons. Pediatric neurologists may be consulted to help find the cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Encourage developmen: Children with cerebral palsy have delay in their motor development. Physical therapists work to help encourage motor development through exercises, stretching, bracing and use of special techniques like functional electrical stimuation and kinesiotaping. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 years old child with cerebral palsy and myoclonic fit on depakin 50mg/kg/d and not response .What is the next step in treatment?
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...Read more
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