What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects body movement, posture, and balance, Cerebral Palsy also means brain paralysis. This disease is caused by abnormal development or damage in parts of the brain that controls your muscle and motor skills. The exact cause of brain damage is still unknown.
Cerebral Palsy usually begins at birth when the brain is beginning to grow. It also may start to form before or after birth. In fact statistics show that infants are most likely to have this disease than adults. You may notice that infants with cerebral palsy are slow at their developing skills such as crawling, walking, sitting, and rolling over. However, cerebral palsy is not always noticed in newborns or early infancy.
All children with cerebral palsy have brain damages in an area that controls muscle tone. Because of the damage they may have increased muscle tone, reduced muscle ...view middle of the document...
You can also have more than one of these signs at a time.
Some of the symptoms with Cerebral palsy may result in difficulty with common motor skills such as writing or even using a pair of scissors. Another symptom is relaxed muscles and unbalanced standing or walking. There are many more symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Now that you know how to tell if your child may have cerebral palsy it time to seek medical attention. But when is the right time? If child have constant seizures, if child have abnormal movements and delay in their actions, and also if the child do not respond to loud noses or even bright lights, then thatâ€™s when you should get the medical attention needed for you child. Your child may go through many tests to determine how bad the disease has gotten or will become. As in ultrasounds of the brain to check for bleeding on the brain, also known as hemorrhage and a MRI test of the spinal cord, which checks for abnormal structure in the spinal cord.
After discovering your child has cerebral palsy you are wondering how to treat it. Well it is said that is no cure for cerebral palsy, but if you get treatment early you can help your child with some of the motor skills and to help tone their muscles. However the treatment may not always work for your child. So it is important that you seek the right professional help to help your child. Some parents may even consider therapy for the child to help the child physically and emotionally. With physical therapy your child will do exercises to help regain control of their muscles by making muscles stronger and more flexible. This will help them sit and walk better. They may also use leg braces or cast to help keep bones and muscles in place. Other types of treatment are speech therapy, surgery and medical treatments.
Your child can get some medications to help reduce some symptoms of the disease. The medications would help with abnormal movements and seizures. Since there are different types of seizures there are given different medications such as Tegretol, Dilantin, and Phenobarbital. These medications do not always completely correct the problem, but it helps a lot with the disease.