Cerebral Palsy

Summer Saenz

Causes:

Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage of the brain or a problem that occurs during pregnancy or birth or within the first two to three years of a child's life. It can also be caused by premature birth or not getting enough blood, oxygen or nutrients during birth.

Symptoms:

Problems sucking and swallowing

Variations in muscle tone

Slow writing movements

Delays in reaching motor skills milestones (sitting up alone or crawling)

Only using one side of the body

Excessive drooling

Difficulty with speech

Difficulty with precise motions (picking up a crayon or spoon)

Treatment:

Cerebral Palsy can't be cured but treatment such as, physical therapy, medication and special education can help.

Life Expectancy:

People who have been diagnosed with CP live between 30 & 70 years, depending on how severe the condition is.

Important Facts:

  • Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood.


  • It can range from weakness in one hand to a complete lack of voluntary movement requiring 24 hour care.


  • There is no known cure.