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Everything You Wanted To Know About Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy is a complex disability.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition that affects less than one percent of the population and is often the forgotten condition among the intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

CP typically involves a combination of various neurological disorders that affect a person’s ability to move. Because of their limited mobility, they also suffer from poor balance and posture. More common in boys than girls, CP causes the muscles to become stiff and makes people with CP move awkwardly.

Risk Of Cerebral Palsy

Most CP cases are due to a birth defect. Mostly known as congenital CP, there are many different reasons why a child would be born with CP.
  • A baby born too small
  • A baby born too early
  • Twins or other multiple birth scenarios
  • Being conceived via in vitro fertilization
  • Born to a mother who had an infection while pregnant
  • Suffering complications during birth
Unfortunately, the cause of most CP is unknown. However, many people with CP continue to live wonderful, fulfilling lives.

Signs of Cerebral Palsy

As parents, there are a few warning signs that you want to look out for if you think your child may suffer from Cerebral Palsy. From birth until the age of five, children develop rather quickly. Most children should be able to meet all the typical movement goals by the age of five. Common movements include rolling over, sitting up, standing, and walking. Any delay in reaching any one of these movements could indicate a possible sign for Cerebral Palsy. There are a few more signs that some children may exhibit that indicate the potential for Cerebral Palsy. For instance, in babies that are between the age of three to six months, they should not be feeling stiff or floppy. If a baby between three to six months seems to overextend either their neck or back when cradled in someone’s arms then the baby is likely to suffer from Cerebral Palsy. Of course, if you notice any one of these signs it is critical that you see a medical professional who can examine your baby and determine the correct diagnosis. Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.! Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more about cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities, visit here. Do you “Follow” and “Like?” Be sure to stay active on our official pages on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest today!