Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term term for a number of disorders affecting a baby's brain function and body movement. Cerebral palsy is typically the result of an injury to a baby's brain that occurs in the womb, during delivery of the child, or in the critical hours shortly after the child is born. Often, the mechanism of injury is a lack of oxygen to the child's brain during delivery.

What are some of the signs of cerebral palsy?

If you have an older child, you are going to know if that child has cerebral palsy. The harder question is whether an infant is showing signs of a potential problem. The signs of cerebral palsy vary greatly because there are many different types and levels of disability. The main sign that your child might have cerebral palsy is a delay reaching the motor or movement milestones. If you see any of these signs, call your child's doctor or nurse.

  • Poor head control
  • Weak or shrill cry
  • Lying in awkward positions
  • Easily or frequently startled
  • Delay in crawling, walking, pushing up on all fours
  • Difficulty feeding and sucking
  • Delays in motor development
  • Strongly favoring of one arm or one side of the body over the other
  • Abnormal crawling
  • Floppy or stiff movements (overdeveloped or underdeveloped muscles)
  • Ataxia (loss of coordination and balance)·
  • Athetosis (involuntary slow, writhing movements)
  • Spastic paralysis (abnormal stiffness and contraction of muscles)
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Involuntary movements
  • Unusual posture
  • Slow overall development
  • Difficulty with speech, hearing, or vision
  • Difficulty with perception or sensation
  • Inability to control bladder
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Behavioral and/or attention deficit disorders
  • Impaired sense of touch or pain
  • Swallowing problems
  • Limited range of motion
  • Progressive joint contractures

The bad news for concerned parents is that cerebral palsy, even if the condition is present at birth, the signs of cerebral palsy may not be noticed until a child reaches three years-old and sometimes longer because children develop and mature at different rates. So it is hard to stop worrying if you feel your child is at risk. The good news is lots of kids have some of the symptoms above and turn out to be perfectly normal children that do not have cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is sometimes, but not always, the result of preventable medical mistakes made by medical doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals. If you suspect your child developed cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages you and your child have endured. You call call us at 800-553-8082 to see if you have a possible case or you can contact us on line and we will get back to you almost instantly with our thoughts.

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