What are the Signs & Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?

Signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy may be evident at birth, however it is often the case that cerebral palsy remains undiagnosed until the first few months or years of a child’s life.

If a child is not reaching certain developmental goals at the same time as their peers, it could be a tell-tale sign that they have cerebral palsy. CP can affect children in unique ways and symptoms will differ greatly from child to child.

In some cases, symptoms can be severe whereas in others, conditions are milder. They can also affect different parts of a child’s body.

We bring you a general guide on the signs and symptoms to look out for when identifying cerebral palsy.

Developmental delay – Children with cerebral palsy will often miss developmental milestones such as crawling, rolling over, sitting, smiling or walking.

Difficulty feeding – Most children with CP have difficulty eating. This can range from relatively minor difficulties involving oral coordination to severe issues with swallowing and excessive drooling.

Hypotonia – This is the medical term for decreased muscle tone. This can lead to floppy, ‘ragdoll-like’ movement.

Ataxia – Ataxia causes a lack of physical coordination and balance in children with cerebral palsy. This can result in problems walking, jerky movements and tremors (involuntary shaking).

Hearing/eyesight problems – Problems with vision and/or hearing are very common in children with cerebral palsy. CP can affect both a child’s field of vision and their ability to process sounds properly.

Limited range of movement – Range of motion can be particularly limited in children with spastic cerebral palsy. 

Spasticity – This is where the muscles are constantly stiff and rigid. Children may also have reflexes they cannot control.

Seizures – Almost half of children with cerebral palsy experience seizures.

If you are concerned that your child has cerebral palsy, please contact a medical professional as soon as possible to receive relevant testing and treatment.

Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition and can affect individuals in different ways. Some children with cerebral palsy will have learning difficulties while others may suffer from physical disabilities. Adapted facilities and additional care require a significant amount of money and for this reason many people choose to make a claim for compensation to help their child to remain financially secure and enable them to receive the best standard of care.

At Express Solicitors we not only help you to obtain the compensation your child deserves, but we also provide a source of support and will guide you through the legal process, step by step.

See the ‘How We Can Help You’ page for more information.

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