Cerebal Palsy

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a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

Preventing CP

Eat nutritious foods.

Don't smoke.

Avoid exposure to harmful substances.

See your doctor regularly.

Take steps to prevent accidents.

Make sure you are familiar with the signs of jaundice in newborns.

Know how to prevent lead poisoning.

Keep your child away from people who have serious contagious illnesses, such as meningitis.

Make sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date. For more information, see the topic Immunizations.

Signs and Symptoms of CP

Signs of Cerebral Palsy are different from symptoms of Cerebral Palsy.

Signs are clinically identifiable effects of brain injury or malformation that cause Cerebral Palsy. A doctor will discern signs of a health concern during the exam and testing.

Symptoms, on the other hand, are effects the child feels or expresses

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Detecting CP

Specialists might suggest brain imaging tests, such as x-ray computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An electroencephalogram, genetic testing, or metabolic testing, or a combination of these, also might be done. CP generally is diagnosed during the first or second year after birth.


While therapy and adaptive equipment are the primary treatment protocol for Cerebral Palsy, an individual may also require drug therapy and surgical interventions. Some families, with caution and physician guidance, turn to complementary and alternative medicine for additional assistance.