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Doctor insights on: Early Signs Of Cerebral Palsy In Infants

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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy.

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Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Motor deficit: Cerebral palsy is defined as a disorder of movement & posture caused by an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs before the 3rd birthday. Origins are diverse from oxygen loss in the womb to infections of the brain & more. Impairment interferes with smooth control large or small movements. There can be additional separate issues but CP focuses on the movement.

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My 3 month baby has fully recovered from erb's palsy. Can erb's be sign of cerebral palsy? She sometimes archs back while feeding. She has acid reflux

My 3 month baby has fully recovered from erb's palsy. Can erb's be sign of cerebral palsy? She sometimes archs back while feeding. She has acid reflux

Separate issue: CP is an issue that develops after a sometimes unknown assault on the tissue within the brain due to lack of oxygen, blood flow or other injury. Erbs is due to a mechanical injury to the involved nerve roots during labor & delivery. They are totally separate issues. Arching with reflux is common & does not signify CP. With CP you often don't detect the abnormal reflexes or motor activities until later

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What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

Delayed motor skills: CP kids often have a delay in showing motor skills, abnormally stiff of loose muscle tone, handedness before their 1st birthday ; abnormal movements. A history of a related risk factor is also likely. As the patient ages, the long term effect of the disorder varies. Although the process is stable, more trouble with mobility may be evident as lifestyle demands more movement.

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What are the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy?

What are the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Abnormal movement: CP is basically when events that happen around birth end up affecting the brain, resulting in uncoordinated and limited movements or result in abnormal posture. Different muscle groups can be hypertonic (too much tone) or hypotonic (too little tone). If your child has these kind of worrisome movements, please c ur pediatrician.

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What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking.

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23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

Realistic risks: Every pregnancy at any age has a background of potential risks. Add them all up and they reach 4% including all types of defects, prematurity, newborn illnesses, etc. That means 96% will have a good outcome. If you have a specific risk brought about by an illness or genetic factor that adds a slight amount. You may want to talk it over with a genetic counselor who can be more specific for your case.

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Will docs only diagnose cerebral palsy when there are definitive findings on mri? What clinical signs might they use instead?

Will docs only diagnose cerebral palsy when there are definitive findings on mri? What clinical signs might they use instead?

Clinical diagnosis: CP is clasically defined as a motor disorder with no effect on cognition. The primary types are spastic diplegia (weakness and spasticity in both legs), spastic hemiplegia (one side of the body), triplegia (three extremities involved), and quadriplegia. An MRI is often helpful when making the diagnosis, but it is not always necessary. A good history and exam is usually sufficient.

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How to tell if my baby has cerebral palsy or hypotonia?

How to tell if my baby has cerebral palsy or hypotonia?

Observation/time: These features are hard to detect early, but they become more apparent with age. Hypotonia describes a looseness within the muscles that make them less capable of sustaining normal posture or movement. These kids often slip through your hands if you pick them up at the armpits. The abnormal stiffness or ratchety movement of CP is detected when the kid is old enough to start moving independently.

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What are the chances of my new baby being born with cerebral palsy, just as a random case?

Quoted risk 5/1000: The basic risk of any pregnancy for unexpected outcome is ~4% which includes the 5/1000 risk of cerebral palsy. If concerned, a detailed review of your family tree and personal health with a geneticist may shed light on your personal risks for specific issues.

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What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

Confusing question: Neither cerebral palsy or Down syndrome are passed to the next generation. To know the risk for osteogenesis imperfecta would require the actual form, There are more than a dozen, and some are dominant and some recessive. Sounds like you should consult with a medical geneticist to see what the true risks would be in your situation.

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A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

Yes?: That is a condition common in micro premi's. If you have a specific related question please start over and submit it. You have essentially just provided a statement, but no clear question. Your submissions are not linked and go out at random to the public site.

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What do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: 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.

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I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

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.

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How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

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.

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Could I drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

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.

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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

No: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth. There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy.

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What are the different level of cerebral palsy?

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.

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