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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The first signs are

persistence of primitive reflexes past the normal ages & lack of development of protective reflexes, which delay volitional movements.
Arching, standing straight up too early & scooting on the back signal imbalance of extensor & flexor muscle tone/strength. Because gross motor develops head to toe the 1st yr., Early Intervention helps quality of movements as well as attainment of milestones.

In brief: The first signs are

persistence of primitive reflexes past the normal ages & lack of development of protective reflexes, which delay volitional movements.
Arching, standing straight up too early & scooting on the back signal imbalance of extensor & flexor muscle tone/strength. Because gross motor develops head to toe the 1st yr., Early Intervention helps quality of movements as well as attainment of milestones.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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