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Diarrhea In Children With Cerebral Palsy
10 year old son. Cerebral palsy. Fed strictly via gtube and seizure disorder. Not on any medications. He has diarrhea, what do I need to do for him?
...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
It's complicated: There are a few reasons why this happens. Primarily it has to do with the imbalance muscle tone. There is a definite correlation to the level of severity and the risk of having a dislocated hip. In other words, the more severely affected a child is, the greater the risk of having a dislocated hip. ...Read more
No: In-utero stroke patients come in all shapes and sizes. Some strokes are large and occur late in the pregnancy and can produce significant problems in the child including cp. Other strokes may be small and occur early enough in the pregnancy that the brain can repair itself before the child is born, and the child will develop perfectly normally. Most cases and outcomes lie in between these examples. ...Read more
If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?
Not clear cut: It really depends on the cause. Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had complicated pregnancy or delivery is more at risk and may not affect your risk of future affected children. But if the child has it as a result of a genetic disorder or a condition in the mom it could put you at risk of recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, no, maybe: CP is an injury to the developing nervous system, it is not inherited. There are several forms of Osteogenisis imperfecta and their inherance varies. Some do not survive infancy, some require an OI gene from both parents.Down syndrome males are usually sterile, females can reproduce and just under 50% of their babies would be DS. ...Read more
Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?
Confusing question: An adult is an adult. The majority cerebral palsy patients have no cognitive impairment that would prevent acquiring adult self monitoring & awareness skills. Those that are mentally impaired need help with these issues but can learn them over time. Why wouldn't a parent want his kid to develop acceptable behavior pattern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction---
depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more
Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally doesn't: By definition, CP is a condition where brain injury to the motor cortex effects movement & posture. It does so by interfering with nerve messages that would go to skeletal muscles. It has no direct effect on the bodies organs. If the injury that created the CP was extensive enough, it could trigger seizures. Visual defects or similar secondary problems. However, this is from the extra injury. ...Read more
Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation, etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brain injury: By definition, CP is a disorder of motion or posture resulting from injury to the nerve centers responsible for this function at some point before the 3rd birthday. It can be due to an insult during pregnancy labor, delivery or infancy. Infection, lack of oxygen or blood flow are common factors. ...Read more
Some > than others: CP is a broad term applied to a disorder of movement & posture related to brain injury occurring at any time from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday. If the muscle control centers of the brain have been damaged, those cells are lost. Babies have some ability to re-wire some functions, so PT can help. Most improve some with age, some have major difficulties in life ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more