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What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

Depends on degree: I have seen a non walking three year old whose family was told not to expect much, grow up to be a happy teen (with some learning problems & difficulty typing). Each case is different and outcome varies with the intensity of the brain injury. Good nutrition, therapy & a suportive environment go a long way to make their lives enjoyable. ...Read more

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...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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Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably only about 5%. There is a surgery, known as a iiird ventriculostomy where a hole can be made at the base of the brain to bypass the fluid obstruction - if successful the shunt can be removed but not all patients fulfill the criteria for this operation. ...Read more

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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 more

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Some adults talked about their own microcephaly in the news. Do you think new Zika microcephaly causes different brain damage compared to past causes?

Some adults talked about their own microcephaly in the news. Do you think new Zika microcephaly causes different brain damage compared to past causes?

Definitions matter: Microcephaly just means a relatively small head, and you can mild forms as normal variants or have it secondary to poor brain growth.If the brain is not healthy enough to enlarge normally, the cranium does not enlarge at a normal rate. There are other viral illnesses that cause brain damage when they occur during pregnancy, but Zika seems to be more dramatic in its effect. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

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 more

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Why do young adults(early 20s)get Glioblastoma?In these cases, is it genetic, environmental?Thought it occurred in older people?How to prevent?Worried

Why do young adults(early 20s)get Glioblastoma?In these cases, is it genetic, environmental?Thought it occurred in older people?How to prevent?Worried

GBM sporadic: Most GBM are from de novo gene mutations and are not inherited. A sporadic gene mutation causes altered gene that is in charge of controlling the cell division and growth, leading to uncontrolled glial cell growth. Very rarely there is an inherited risk for brain tumors in conditions like neurofibromatosis type I, Turcot’s syndrome, and Li-Fraumeni syndrome. Sadly, there is no way to prevent GBM ...Read more

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How many years does it take before we can actually excluded complications (brain) in prematured child?

How many years does it take before we can actually excluded complications (brain) in prematured child?

3-7 yrs: Many times the poor progress of an infant with high risk signals a bad outcome within the first year. However, the complex nature of brain development & it's ability to bypass injury in early years makes it hard to reliably predict the outcome in many. Those who walk/talk & interact at the same level of other kids (adjusted for prematurity) will do well, but some issues emerge at school age. ...Read more

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If parents of kids with trisomy tend to older, what happens when they die?

If parents of kids with trisomy tend to older, what happens when they die?

"older": Parents may be 36 - 40. Many of these children have life expectancies shorter thsan their parents survival. They can grow to live independently, but they may have siblings or social support services appropriate for the care, comfort and safety. ...Read more

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What skills can families teach to young children to ensure they are healthy later in life?

What skills can families teach to young children to ensure they are healthy later in life?

Several: Basic hygiene lessons on hand washing after toileting, brushing teeth everyday, healthy foods, water vs soda and get out and play. Don't forget safety talks about seat belts, strangers, social media caution. Limit TV/Screen time to no more than 2 hours a day. http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/healthy-habits-mothers-should-teach-kids#1 ...Read more

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How come it that these new school doctors are telling the young girls not to give the babies water ?

How come it that these new school doctors are telling the young girls not to give the babies water ?

Misinformation: Breast milk is 75% water and formula is 50% water so somehow the notion that infants do not need extra water got born. They do not need much- 1-2 oz a day to flush the system. Too much water is empty calories and can fill them up and reduce their milk intake...So a little water is fine. ...Read more

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What are some childhood diseases that you generally "grow out of" as you reach adulthood, what to do?

What are some childhood diseases that you generally "grow out of" as you reach adulthood, what to do?

PLease clarify: We dont really "outgrow" childhood dissease- we get them and develop immunity. Adults can still get chickenpox, pertussis, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, etc. If they did not have them as children. What to do? Eat well, drink lots water, take care of yourself so you dont get overwhelmed in case you did get ill. ...Read more

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How do boomers learn about risk and prevention for alzheimer's or vascular dementia so they can stop them before they develop like in their parents?

How do boomers learn about risk and prevention for alzheimer's or vascular dementia so they can stop them before they develop like in their parents?

Keep up with news: The alzheimer's foundation of america and the alzheimer's association. Have information along with the the national institute for aging. So far exercise has the most evidence. If one has diabetes or high blood pressure then stay on top of that. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are sensory rooms used to teach autistic children in the united kingdom?

Can you tell me how are sensory rooms used to teach autistic children in the united kingdom?

Sensory Rooms: A sensory room is a place where children use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions. Other rooms offer a calming environment." ...Read more

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It is such a scary feeling knowing people in the family have had cerebral palsy. How can we prevent it in our child?

It is such a scary feeling knowing people in the family have had cerebral palsy. How can we prevent it in our child?

Not inherited: Cerebral palsy is not an inherited disease. It normally results from sort of anoxic injury to the brain, prior to or at the time of birth. That injury will result in different levels of disability. ...Read more

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How can anencephaly babies respond when they have no brain?

How can anencephaly babies respond when they have no brain?

Primitive Reflexes: Such babies have brain stems, but lack the higher cortex. Without the brain stem they wouldn't breath and their hearts wouldn't beat. The brain stem accounts for primitive reflexes, which I have seen people mistake for a conscious response. ...Read more

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How come kids don't snore but adults do? What changes happen to make us snore and why are some people louder than others?

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How come kids don't snore but adults do? What changes happen to make us snore and why are some people louder than others?

Kids do snore too: But reasons for snoring in kids are bit different, although overweight/obesity with more fat deposition in the neck area is the main reason adults snore, in kids this is less common than enlarged adenoids that can block the airways partially and cause snoring. Either way, weight reduction if overweight/obese at any age is needed to control snoring together with treating the enlarged adenoids ...Read more

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What happens to the eyes as we age?

What happens to the eyes as we age?

Most commonly: Presbyopia and cataracts. Other common age related eye diseases are dry eye, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. ...Read more

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What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

Depends on degree: I have seen a non walking three year old whose family was told not to expect much, grow up to be a happy teen (with some learning problems & difficulty typing). Each case is different and outcome varies with the intensity of the brain injury. Good nutrition, therapy & a suportive environment go a long way to make their lives enjoyable. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

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 more

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How deep to suction a child with a trach 9year old child with trach diagnosed with cerebral palsy

Gently: Pass a soft suction catheter gently until resistance is met then withdraw while applying suction. May need to repeat several times until clear. ...Read more

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My son is 18 m old having cerebral palsy? Hw to cure

No cure : But treatment may help a great deal best would be to get referral to a pediatric center for evaluation by multiple specalists including orthopedic surgeons / neurologist etc best wishes these things are difficult but help is out there. ...Read more

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I have a five year old with cerebral palsy what type of enrichment activites should I give her?

Too generic: Unfortunately, given that children can be affected by cerebral palsy in such a wide variety of ways, this question is too hard to answer without more information. But it would be beneficial to see a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatry) if you don't already see one. ...Read more

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My son who is suffering from cerebral palsy is 9 years old is not toilet trained. Is he likely to ever learn?

My son who is suffering from cerebral palsy is 9 years old is not toilet trained.  Is he likely to ever learn?

Depends/understaning: To control toileting requires that the individual receive & understand the sensations that signal stooling or voiding readiness.Then they must be able to approch the bathroom, alter clothing, empty, then reverse the process. CP affects central understanding and muscle control in diverse ways so the answer is maby. Pedi developmental or GI docs often deal with such issues. ...Read more

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If my 9-month old can sit but not crawl or walk, does she have cerebral palsy?

If my 9-month old can sit but not crawl or walk, does she have cerebral palsy?

No: Many babies don't crawl on all fours but rather scoot or roll around. If your baby is doing these things then she is developmentally on tract. If she is not, then she needs further evaluation by your pediatrician, things could still be normal. ...Read more

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My 21 months old child is extremely clumsy. How could i find out if something is wrong like cerebral palsy?

My  21  months old child is extremely clumsy. How could i find out if something is wrong like cerebral palsy?

Start with pediatric: Start with her doctor who can give you an opinion about her motor function. If necessary, your doctor may refer you to a pediatric neurologist. Hopefully she is just clumsy. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Should i be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Time for a visit: A certain amount of clumsiness is common in early childhood.However, if it is enough to raise your concern it is enough to raise it as a specific issue with your pcp/peds. An evaluation at an early childhood center with a physical therapist and or ot may reveal or exclude delays or suggest such a label. ...Read more

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Overheard medical student talking with pediatrician in the hall. What is cerebral palsy?

Please see below.: Cerebral palsy (CP) is actually a group of disorders where there is a problem with development of movement and posture; this limits activity. It's attributed to disturbances that occurred in the brain of a developing fetus or infant. Changes in sensation, intelligence, speech, behavior and/or a seizure disorder may accompany the abnormalities of muscle function. ...Read more

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I have a 34 year old male friend with cerebral palsy, will chiropractic therapies be of any help?

Depends: Chiropractic treatment will not treat the cerebral palsy unfortunately. There might be some relief with some of the spasms/stiffness associated with the disease; but any only 'soft tissue' work should be conducted. There have been no studies onthe benefit of chiropractic manipulation so let the buyer beware. ...Read more

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What should I do about ataxic cerebral palsy in a 2 yr old?

What should I do about ataxic cerebral palsy in a 2 yr old?

Cp program: I recommend your child be seen at a multidisciplinary cerebral palsy program, where occupational and physical therapists can evaluate and make recommendations for management. ...Read more

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How can I stop seizure in my 4year old son as a result of cerebral palsy.

See neurologist: You can consult with a pediatric neurologist or an adult neurologist if a pediatric one is not available. This issue cannot be treated over the internet. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a fast heartrate in a 20 year old cerebral palsy patient?

How fast? : Tachycardia needs evaluation. Common causes are caffeinated beverages, chocolate, or decongestants. Medications also cause tachycardia. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it.. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

Hx & Exam: The definition of CP is a disorder of movement & posture due to injury to the developing nervous system that ocrurred anytime from pregnancy to 3 yrs of age. If you have seen a neuro & s/he is not concerned about the kids movements, you have been checked. However, there are mild forms of CP that may not become evident untill more refined movements are expected as an older child. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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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


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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

A group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect the ability to control movement of ...Read more