Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of nerve disorders that make it hard for a child to control movement. It results from damage to the brain that usually occurs before birth. Just as every child grows up differently, every child with cerebral palsy is unique. For some children, cerebral palsy causes only a slight limp or a staggered walk. Others have little or no control over their arms and legs or other parts of the body.
Your doctor may do more tests to see how cerebral palsy affects your child.
You and your doctor can create a treatment plan to manage symptoms and help your child have an independent life. The treatment plan will most likely include physiotherapy and may include medicines and other therapies. You may find local or national support groups to be helpful. Talking with other parents with similar challenges can help. You also may find that counselling helps you understand and manage how you are feeling about your child's condition.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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