Here is a guide that will help you recognize some of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy in children.

 

It can be stressful not knowing what is wrong with your child.  Your parental intuition may point out that your child has more needs than most, and you may know that there is something not right.  Have you noticed that your child is having difficulty with motor skills or coordination?  Are they delayed in learning to speak, crawl, or walk?  Do they need more care and needs than most children?

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of cereal palsy early in a child’s life and seek help as soon as possible. If your child has a variation of muscle tones, or delays in motor skills, it is a possibility that your child has cerebral palsy.

Your child may have muscles that are stiff or limp.  Other signs of cerebral palsy could be lack of coordination or delays in crawling or sitting up by themselves.  Your child may only use one side of their body, for example, they may only reach with one hand or drag their leg while crawling.

Some signs of cerebral palsy may be difficulty walking, eating, and even speaking.  Furthermore, if your child is experiencing trouble with their vision and hearing, or having seizures, they may have more severe brain injuries associated with cerebral palsy.

If your child has experienced some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, it is important to recognize that you have options to help your child lead a more secure life.  Legal intervention could help you to acquire the funds necessary to pay for your child’s needs, especially when you are not there to provide for them.  You need to help ensure that your child can one day live on their own or afford the assistance of a caretaker or nurse.

If you would like to learn more about cerebral palsy and how to best provide for a child with special needs, you can download our book Picking Up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice:  A Parent’s Guide or call us at (202) 393–3320.

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