Cerebral palsy

Crystal Rendon

Causes:

There many causes for CP but most babies get CP during the birth of the baby; doctors are still not sure what exact cause for many of the children with CP are just that is has to do with brain damage. But such things as pregnancy with multiple babies can cause a higher risk od CP, if the mothers and the baby's blood is incompatible, if the mother suffers from seizures or has a thyroid condition, even baby's that are born prematurely or under birth weight could suffer from CP, also if they don't get enough oxygen during birth and labor.

Symptoms of CP:

Some but not all babies might have development delays or it means they haven't reached their developmental milestones when expected which means they haven't learned what most children learn by that age such as talking, walking, crawling, etc. By the age of one if the baby has yet to crawl or stand without support many physicians suggest to get the baby's blood tested for the possibility of having CP. Or maybe younger than six months the baby's head falls back when you pick him/her up from lying on his/her back, He/her feels stiff or floppy, He/her seems to push away when you hold him/her, or
  • his/hers legs get stiff legs and cross or “scissor” when you pick him/her up.
  • Treament for CP:

    Some treatments for the baby include special equipment to help them get around such a walker, leg or arm braces, a wheelchair or scooter. They may also need a special computer to help them communicate. There are also medications to help with the child spasms like Diazepam (Valium®), baclofen (Lioresal®), dantrolene (Dantrium®) and tizanidine (Zanaflex®)etc. And if the child's are severs then the child's provider would recommend a surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy. This is when a surgeon cuts some of the nerves at the base of the spine. It may help with muscle spasms and help the child sit, stand, walk or move around more easily.

    LIfe expectancy:

    Most children with cerebral palsy can live long, happy, quality lives. Admittedly, their care may involve more visits to health care practitioners, require therapy or medications, and perhaps surgery at some point. They may be evaluated for special education assistance and require assistive technology devices and services, but a child’s physical impairment, in general, will not limit his or her life span. However, the severity level of the child’s condition, as well as improper management of his or her symptoms, may put the child at risk for diminished life expectancy

    Something important about CP:

    • About 1 in 300 children (less than 1 percent) has CP. Most children are diagnosed by the time they’re 2 years old.
    • Some but not all children with CP also may have other conditions, like intellectual and developmental disabilities. These are problems with how the brain works that can cause a person to have trouble or delays in physical development, learning, communicating, taking care of himself or getting along with others.
    • About 4 in 5 children (80 percent) with CP have spastic CP. These children have stiff muscles and may have awkward body movements.
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