What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects body movement, posture, and balance, Cerebral Palsy also means brain paralysis. This disease is caused by abnormal development or damage in parts of the brain that controls your muscle and motor skills. The exact cause of brain damage is still unknown.
Cerebral Palsy usually begins at birth when the brain is beginning to grow. It also may start to form before or after birth. In fact statistics show that infants are most likely to have this disease than adults. You may notice that infants with cerebral palsy are slow at their developing skills such as crawling, walking, sitting, and rolling over. However, cerebral palsy is not always noticed in newborns or early infancy.
All children with cerebral palsy have brain damages in an area that controls muscle tone. Because of the damage they may have increased muscle tone, reduced muscle tone, or both of them which are called fluctuating tone. The parts of the body that are affected depend upon where the brain damage is.
You may be wondering how someone would know if they child have cerebral palsy. Well there are many signs and symptoms that will help you answer that question. One sign of cerebral palsy is breech birth that is when baby comes out feet first, that child is at a higher risk of having cerebral palsy. Also if you are having problems during labor, mother has vaginal bleeding during pregnancy or mother may also be having twins or more. You can also have more than one of these signs at a time.
Some of the symptoms with Cerebral palsy may result in difficulty with common motor skills such as writing or even using a pair of scissors. Another symptom is relaxed muscles and unbalanced standing or walking. There are many more symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Now that you know how to tell if your child may have cerebral palsy it time to seek medical attention. But when is the right time? If child have constant seizures,...