Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy tends to fully manifest within the first few years of life, and is a disorder that does not get worse as the child gets older. There are certain symptoms to look out for with cerebral palsy that may not be immediately obvious unless you actually have an idea that they are associated with this disorder. Symptoms do tend to become more obvious as the child develops.

Delays in basic development can indicate cerebral palsy, and this includes delays in sitting up alone, head control, rolling over, walking, and crawling. The tone of the muscles can also lend a clue, with muscles often being either very stiff or unusually relaxed. Jerky, abrupt, or slow movements with no real control may also be a sign of this disorder. Shorter limbs on one side of the body may indicate cerebral palsy on one side.

In some cases, children suffering from cerebral palsy may suffer from mental retardation, although this is not the case with all sufferers of this disorder. Some sufferers may experience seizures, which are not to be confused with the jerky movements that some sufferers can also display. Speech problems can also affect some people with cerebral palsy, as can the ability to swallow normally.

Partial hearing loss sometimes affects children suffering from this disorder, and this may be accompanied by delayed speech. You may also find that vision problems can occur, with one eye turning either in or out. The lack of muscle control can also cause bladder and bowel control problems in these sufferers, and an increase in cavities in the teeth can also serve as a clue.

If you identify symptoms relating to this disorder, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible and get them to assess your child in order to determine whether he or she may be suffering from cerebral palsy.

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