Cerebral palsy can occur in Tennessee children during early infancy, or it may be present at birth. If your child develops cerebral palsy, the bad news is that there is no cure. However, if you begin treatment as early as possible, it could mean a better long-term outcome for your child.
Knowing what signs of cerebral palsy to look for may help you to be proactive in your child’s diagnosis and treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your child may exhibit different signs depending on his or her age.
10 months or older
By this time, most babies are already crawling, and some may even have begun to take their first steps. However, babies with cerebral palsy may not crawl at all. Rather, they may hop around on their knees or scoot along on their buttocks. Even if your child does crawl, he or she may drag one of his hands or feet behind so that the movement is lopsided.
Six to 10 months
At this age, babies with cerebral palsy have difficulty with motor skills. They may hold one hand in a fist while reaching with the other and be unable to bring the two hands together. It may be difficult for them to bring their hands to their mouths, and they do not roll themselves over.
Younger than six months
The youngest babies with cerebral palsy demonstrate abnormalities in muscle tone. You may notice your baby pushing away from you with the back arching when you try to hold him or her. Your baby’s limbs may become floppy as you pick him or her up, or they may become stiff and rigid with scissored or crossed legs.
If you notice symptoms such as these, or your baby exhibits any signs that cause you concern, you should discuss them with a doctor.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.