All prospective or soon-to-be parents can view a detailed checklist, especially made for cerebral palsy. It can be found at the My Child With Cerebral Palsy website. New parents should look for symptoms like lack of movement, poor muscle control or slow/little physical development.
Regular newborn checkups and physical interactions with babies and young children are highly recommended. Understanding signs and symptoms is important -- something the KidsHealth/Cerebral Palsy website can help with.
Once a child has been diagnosed, there are treatments available and the good news is that this condition generally doesn't get worse, but remains the same through life. There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy as of now.
Treatments include special education for those with mental impairment. Physical therapy can also help to make moving, walking and eating easier. Speech therapy can help a person express herself better.