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Could Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy?

By September 23, 2019 - 10:42pm

There is nothing more stressful and frightening for a parent than worrying that a child may have a life-threatening illness or injury. Even with the most normal and healthy pregnancies, you can never be sure that your child won’t end up suffering from Cerebral Palsy. 

Anything from a high-risk pregnancy (a difficult and prolonged birth that prevents the proper levels of oxygen reaching an infant's brain) to an injury during the delivery from the use of forceps or vacuum, may lead to Cerebral Palsy. 

Often, there is no way to tell if there has been any damage to your child until they miss normal developmental milestones. 

If you are concerned that your baby may be at risk for developing Cerebral Palsy or was a victim of another birth injury you need to visit https://www.cohenjaffe.com/medical-malpractice-lawyer/birth-injuries/cerebral-palsy/ today to consult with and get the next step from a professional team of attorneys.

Your child is the most precious thing in your life and if they are facing the possibility of dealing with Cerebral Palsy you will want them to have everything that they need for their care. You want to give them the justice that they deserve. 

There are many different causes and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy to consider. If you are worried that your baby may be affected, take a look at these signs, causes, and levels of condition. Make sure that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis.


Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a result of damage to the brain of a child during pregnancy, during the birth or shortly after delivery. One of the most prevalent causes is the damage to developing brain cells when your child is without a sufficient amount of oxygen. 

Cerebral Palsy affects the parts of the brain that helps to control muscle movement and motor coordination. This can hamper a baby’s ability to move properly or their sense of balance as they develop. 

Cerebral Dysgenesis is a brain malformation that has genetic ties. This can develop in the brain prior to birth. If there has been any infection with a high fever in the infant or mother there is a risk for developing this type of Cerebral Palsy. 

Intracranial Hemorrhage is the bleeding of the brain. This is often caused by an injury to the head of the child during labor and delivery. The use of forceps or a birthing vacuum can cause this type of injury. It is also known to affect babies that have suffered from infection, fever or are born prematurely.


Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy 

  • Lack of muscular motor control
  • Muscle spasms or unnatural muscle tightness
  • Impaired gait - trouble walking or maintaining balance
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive drooling beyond teething
  • Lack of bladder or bowel control past the age of potty training
  • Difficulty with speech and forming simple words
  • Respiratory problems
  • Seizures
  • Impaired vision - crossed eyes 


Levels of Cerebral Palsy

There is no way to tell how affected your child will be from Cerebral Palsy at the first diagnosis. The level of impairment is dependant on the size and severity of the damage to the brain.


Level 1  -  may walk without limitations but will suffer from muscle spasms 

Level 2  -  can walk but no ability to run or jump 

Level 3  -  can sit and stand without support but has limited walking ability without support 

Level 4  -  needs mobile devices to help with walking and sitting support 

Level 5  -  needs neck and head support with no walking or standing 



No parent wants to hear that their child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. If your child is showing any of the symptoms listed here and you are concerned that they may be affected, it's important to see your doctor right away for a proper diagnosis. Early detection can help you and your child prepare for the issues that you will face in the future.

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking.


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