Cerebral Palsy in Children

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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects one’s movement, muscle tone or posture. Damage to the immature brain of a developing fetus may result in cerebral palsy.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Major symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

−Too stiff or too floppy muscles
−Uncoordinated muscles
−Involuntary and uncontrolled movements
−Sudden jerking movements
−Developmental delay in motor skills and speech patterns
−Strength imbalance
−Difficulties moving
−Excess saliva
−Swallowing problems
−Feeding problems
−Difficulty with precise motions
Seizures

Cerebral palsy may affect one limb, one side of the body or the entire body. Since the brain disorder that causes cerebral palsy does not worsen with age, so do the symptoms. However, muscle contractures and muscle stiffness may get worse if not treated properly.

Cerebral palsy can contribute to other neurological conditions. So, kids with cerebral palsy often experience:

−Vision and hearing impairment
−Intellectual limitations
−Abnormalities in touch or pain perceptions
−Oral conditions
−Psychiatric conditions
Leaking urine

When to seek medical help?

If your child experiences any of the symptoms above or any developmental problem, take them to a pediatrician as soon as possible. Cerebral palsy can be diagnosed through signs and symptoms observed in the child, their medical history, and a physical exam. You may be referred to a specialist in pediatric neurology for further evaluation.

It’s hard to diagnose cerebral palsy in babies younger than one year old. So, doctors will not be able to give an accurate diagnosis until the child exhibits signs of developmental delays.

What are the treatment options for cerebral palsy?

Although there has not been any cure for cerebral palsy, therapies may help with movements and other developmental aspects. Your child may need medication, surgery, and supportive braces to improve their muscle functioning.

Your child will greatly benefit from a diet high in calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus since these nutrients help build strong bones. Seek help from a dietitian to make sure your child has enough the right nutrients.

Children with cerebral palsy often need a team of other medical experts besides their primary pediatrician and dietitian. Those include a pediatric neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a developmental therapist, a mental health specialist, a recreation therapist, a social worker, and a special education teacher.

Does alternative treatment work?

An example of alternative treatment for cerebral palsy is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Although this therapy lacks scientific evidence, many reports to see its beneficial effects on children with cerebral palsy. In general, any of the alternative treatment therapies should be taken with a grain of salt since the controlled clinical trials involved have not been able to yield any conclusive result, making them being denied as mainstream clinical practice.


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