Cerebral Palsy Resources – A Medical Guide
Cerebral Palsy is a devastating disease that many families find themselves facing. It is a disease that can burden an entire family, but there is still hope out there. It can be something that is troubling, but having the most knowledge about the disease can also help families better cope with the person in their family that has it. There are many different support groups out there that provide help and a back bone to those that have someone with Cerebral Palsy in their family. They should know that they are not alone, and that there are other people just like them going through the same thing.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is known as a disease that encompasses non-progressing, non-contagious motor conditions that can cause many different physical disabilities in the development of a human. This is mostly in the body movement. The areas affected are the cerebrum, cerebellum, and the cortex. Palsy is the disorder of the movement. Cerebral Palsy has many different subtypes such as spastic, ataxic, athetoid, and hypotonic.
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Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is usually caused by damage done to the motor centers that control the body in the developing brain. It can occur during any one of the following stages: pregnancy stage, childbirth, or after birth around age 3. The damage is done to those areas of the brain that help the body move and function normally. There is no known cause of what actually happens when a child develops Cerebral Palsy.
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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy are not seen until after infancy and can include, but are not limited to: delayed milestones as the child becomes older, developing headaches before 18 months of age, abnormal muscle tone, abnormal movements, skeletal deformities, and joint contractures. There are also other signs that can come about such as mental retardation, seizures, speech problems, swallowing problems, hearing loss and vision problems. Depending on the severity of the Cerebral Palsy, and the age of the child, the symptoms can differ.
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Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
Usually when diagnosing Cerebral Palsy all that is needed are the patient’s history and a physical examination. Further testing is usually requested by the parents. This can be done by giving the child a CT or MRI scan. If the scans are successful than it can also give an estimated time of when the damage occurred and where it is localized at. This of course, is not going to help with a cure but it can give a more definite answer to whether the child has Cerebral Palsy.
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Cerebral Palsy Treatments
Treatments for Cerebral Palsy are lifelong and they are a process that focuses mainly on the condition. The damage will not increase as the child becomes older, and the brain will have to learn how to recognize and function as time passes. The earlier the child begins going through treatment, the better off they will be. Treatment can include one or all of these: physical, occupational, and speech therapy, drugs to control pain, seizures, and muscle spasms, surgery, aids to help with walking, standing, and performing other functions.
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Caring For A Child With Cerebral Palsy
Caring for a child that has Cerebral Palsy is a difficult task, and the parent will most likely go through a grieving process first. Once this is over, the parent should then educate themselves on the disease and what lies ahead. Having the proper knowledge for caring for a child with a disability can help the parent overcome the grief and focus more on the child instead of the disease. There are support groups for parents with children that have Cerebral Palsy to get the help they need and their questions answered.