What are the Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy in a Child or Infant?

Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by an injury or abnormality of the brain, usually around the time of birth.

As lawyers representing children with cerebral palsy caused by birth injuries, like delay in performing a ceasarean section, we are often asked about signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy. One of the most concerning signs would be if a child is not meeting his or her developmental milestones; not rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, or talking when they normally should.

Sometimes children with cerebral palsy don't have muscle coordination (this is also called ataxia) or stiff muscles with movement (spasticity).

Other signs and symptoms can include problems with sucking or eating, excessive drooling, difficult swallowing, and problems with fine motor skills (like picking up small objects).

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