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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Cerebral palsy symptoms often don’t present for months or years after birth as a child fails to meet certain developmental benchmarks. However, parents who notice differences in their child’s behavior can monitor for certain signs early on.

By alerting their doctor of concerns as soon as possible, they can begin the process of diagnosing or ruling out the condition.

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, early diagnosis also can allow a better assessment of the child’s status and the commencement of therapy to counteract its effects.

Some of the early cerebral palsy symptoms that parents may notice include:

  • Delayed reactions
  • Abnormal movement, coordination or posture
  • Lagging height, weight or cognitive development
  • Difficulty hearing or focusing on parents or caregivers

It is important to note that any one of these behaviors may only signify that a child is developing certain functions late and may catch up to normal levels. However, by notifying a doctor, they can begin tracking the child’s coordination, movement, posture and reflexes over a period of time.

A doctor will monitor for more pronounced cerebral palsy symptoms that relate to impaired motor function, such as:

  • Delayed motor skill development
  • Gait disorders (difficulty walking)
  • Poor fine and gross motor coordination
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech delay

Doctors may also order tests like MRIs, ultrasounds or CT scans to detect brain function or damage. The severity of damage will have a direct relation on the degree of cerebral palsy symptoms like motor function impairment.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy and their severity may vary from child to child. For that reason, it is difficult to give one set of symptoms that will fit each child. Also, the condition may produce other problems like blindness, deafness or delayed cognitive function in some children, but not in others. Each child’s makeup of signs is unique.

The period of monitoring and detecting cerebral palsy can be extremely hard for concerned parents who want quick answers about their child’s condition and prognosis, and want to get them the best help available. However, it is important to give children time to reach their full potential and allow doctors to form a complete diagnosis.

For those with questions about their legal rights, the CP Help Center can recommend lawyers that specialize in cerebral palsy lawsuits.

Contact us today for more information on the causes, treatment options, research and symptoms of cerebral palsy, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.