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What Parents Need to Know About Botox Therapy

While there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, there are a variety of therapies available that can help improve a child’s quality of life – one of them being Botox Therapy.

What is Botox Therapy?

It has been 25 years since Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was first approved for medical use, and although it has since become widely known as an anti-wrinkle jab, experts have been working to find new ways the drug could benefit children with cerebral palsy.

Botulinum Toxin (BT) is derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, widely used to treat muscle spasticity (unusual tightness, stiffness or ‘pull’), helping to relax and reduce tension, allow better movement control and increase muscle stretch. Although this type of bacteria can be poisonous, the risks associated with the small doses used to treat muscle tightness are low, with little side effects. Clinical trials and studies have shown positive and hopeful results, with Botox therapy largely proving to be highly effective in providing safe and effective relief from a number of conditions related to cerebral palsy.

When Do I Begin Botox Therapy?

Researchers have studied the effects of Botox therapy on children aged from one to sixteen, with children under 6 responding best to treatment. Generally speaking, Botox therapy is most effective in the early stages of spasticity while a child’s bones are still developing, however it’s best to consult your child’s doctor or relevant therapist to decide whether treatment is appropriate.

How is Botox Therapy Performed?

Botox therapy is performed by injecting small amounts of treatment into affected muscles using a needle. The process is usually fairly painless although anaesthesia may be used for very young children.

Full, visible effects of the treatment should be seen around 1-2 weeks after the injection, however it is usually advised that Botox treatment is used in conjunction with medication, casting, equipment and other therapies (usually physical), to support its effectiveness.

What are the Benefits of Botox Therapy?

There are many advantages to Botox therapy, providing a safe, effective relief from a number of conditions that come hand in hand with cerebral palsy.

Botox therapy can:

  • Relax spastic muscles
  • Ease stretching
  • Improve range of motion
  • Encourage improvements in: crawling, standing, gait changes
  • Improve self confidence
  • Decrease drooling
  • Avoid the need for surgery
  • Improve quality of life

If you’re worried about the potential risks or side effects that come with Botox therapy we would advise that you speak to your GP or therapist before you go ahead with the treatment.

If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You can contact Express Solicitors to obtain advice from a specialist solicitor who will discuss the case with you and provide you with confidential advice on the options available to you.

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