Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

When there is a delay in the development of a child, it is a clear sign of a possible health issue, and raises many questions in the minds of the parents.  Unfortunately in some cases, the reasoning for the issue could be a physical dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy or other condition. Cerebral Palsy diagnosis begins with the abnormalities of a child’s developmental growth and can be identified within the first several years of a child’s growth.

Doctors use proper testing and examination to analyze the child’s bodily functions to find out if the developmental delay is due to a neurological condition, which is what causes Cerebral Palsy. Here we discuss what the symptoms are of cerebral palsy.

Muscle Tone – The child’s central nervous system works to coordinate muscle movement. If the muscles seem to not work together in the body, it could possibly be an impairment in the brain.

Movement Control – Muscle control issues involve rhythmic pattern in movement or spasms. Impaired muscle control often happens in opposite limbs, and can be detected when a child is trying to perform a task. Abnormal walking patterns and limping portray signs of impaired muscle control.

Posture – If a child’s posture is asymmetrical, their balance will be affected. This impairment can be found by observing the child’s reaction when they are placed in certain positions. If the reactions don’t happen, or if they are asymmetric, the child may have Cerebral Palsy.

Motor Function – As the child develops, he or she should be able to learn how to balance, walk, stand, crawl, sit and roll. If the child doesn’t reach these milestones properly or late, it could be a result of brain deficiency.

Other signs of Cerebral Palsy include oral motor malfunction, irregular reflexes, and speech impairment. If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you feel that it is caused by medical malpractice, contact our law firm today to get the compensation that your family deserves.