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How Soon After My Child Is Born Will I Know If She Has 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
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
Does cerebral palsy affect the genetic makeup of a child? My bestfriend is born from an american father and an Asian mother. He married an Asian woman as well and had a son. The son has cerebral palsy and looks nothing like his father. My bestfriend looks
Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Little's disease or cerebral palsy as it is now known is defined as a disorder of motion and posture related to an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs anytime from pregnancy up to the age of 3 years. Traumatic brain injury in an adult brain can produce similar effects, but is not cp. ...Read moreSee 2 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
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?
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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