How to Help your Child with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

How to Help your Child with Cerebral Palsy (CP)Infants can develop cerebral palsy while still in utero or throughout the birthing process. Cerebral palsy happens when damage to the human brain affects activity, muscle mass or posture. A doctor should be able to detect cerebral palsy early on as the child develops and various signs appear. Cerebral palsy is not classified as a dynamic condition, and it does not worsen throughout life. Because it does not get worse, doctors can determine anticipated capabilities for the individual later in life. Doctor can also decide which treatments would work best based on certain developments in the condition. The main factors affected by cerebral palsy or CP are muscle mass control and body language. Cerebral palsy affects muscle mass not due to the nerves or muscle itself, but because of the failure of the brain to develop fully or because of damage to it before, during or after birth.
Around one in 300 infants are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and many people would be able to recognize physical symptoms of the disease. While the disease isn’t rare, most people do not understand it completely. Public understanding can help children who have cerebral palsy receive proper treatment and reach their full potential. Better understanding will contribute to a more sensitive society in which those affected with CP can thrive.
Many children with cerebral palsy can also develop behavior or psychological problems. These problems may require treatment including behavior alteration and household therapy. These types of treatment are typically organized programs that help to alter habits. For example, until between 12 and 18 months old, children use both hands without a specific preference. If a child is showing signs of using one hand over another before this point, it can mean that they may be having trouble using the other hand. The same is true for a child who only uses one side of their body. Signs for using one side of the body appear as crooked crawling. or only using one specific leg when climbing stairs. A clinical examination will be able to pinpoint if the reason for these symptoms is due to cerebral palsy.
There are different levels of cerebral palsy which is due to damage to a several places of the brain. Some children with CP may have motion problems that are hard to recognize or barely noticeable, while others may have extremely serious issues. Children with serious muscle control problems can also have trouble learning how to speak. Depending on the severity of the type of cerebral palsy, the child may require the use of a walker or wheelchair to move around. While this disease can be hard to deal with, do not be discouraged. It’s important to develop a plan of action for treatment and therapy to address the issues specific to the child. Whether it be dealing with hearing or speaking inabilities, or learning how to use both hands there are a variety of programs and treatments available.

MedCare Pediatric Group

12371 S Kirkwood Rd

Stafford, TX 77477

(713) 773-5100


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