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How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

It depends : There are certain milestones that we look for, among them head control, independent sitting, the achievement of mature reflexes and the loss of immature reflexes. Your pediatrician will monitor for these and make referrals as necessary. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...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


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If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?

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 more

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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

What  causes cerebral palsy in child?

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. ...Read more

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Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

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

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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Trouble with moving: Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a child with mild cerebral palsy?

Clumsiness and stiff: Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disorder related to damage to the motor system of the brain. the most common symptoms are stiffness of muscles, tightness of joints and clumsiness. ...Read more

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Tips on how to help babysit a child with cerebral palsy?

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

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What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

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 more

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What is the best method to teach an eager child with cerebral palsy to read?

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

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

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


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more