Cerebral Palsy Symptoms — Clues to Identifying Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral palsy (CP) impairs movement and coordination of the muscles. It is caused when there is damage done to the brain. Some children are born with this disability and there are others that develop the condition due to an injured suffering after delivery. It is not always evident that a newborn has it just because of the lack of mobility already in an infant. Symptoms are more noticeable as the child gets older. Symptoms are not always the same for each child and it also depends on the severity of the condition. Some types of cerebral palsy are:

  • Spastic: This type of cerebral palsy is the most seen in children and it can affect either one side of the body or affect the entire body. This type involves muscle spasms and their body is stiff making it hard to move the limbs.
  • Athetoid: Movements in this type are abnormal. They can be jerking, slow, not controlled movements.
  • Ataxic: This condition is not as common, the balance and coordination is off.
  • Mixed: This condition usually is made of symptoms of other cerebral palsy types.

Is Your Child Displaying CP Symptoms?

One main symptom of cerebral palsy is the delay in their development. As children grow they will reach certain milestones from a baby until early childhood. If you are not seeing some of the millions in your child then take them to see a physician.

Some factors that your child may have some developmental delays are:

  • After 2 months, the head movements are not controlled well
  • Can not sit on their own after 10 months
  • Can not crawl or stand after 1 year
  • One side of body drags
  • Does not walk after 2 years of age

These are not the only signs to be aware of, other signs are muscle stiffness or overly relaxed muscles. Muscle hurtment also will affect their posture. Parents should also be aware that hand preference of a child usually happens after 12 months. If you child is showing early signs of hand preference can be a sign of CP.

Associated Conditions, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Children with cerebral palsy symptoms also experience other conditions such as:

  • Seizures
  • Problem with breathing
  • Impairments with vision, speech, or hearing
  • They are mentally challenged

If there are signs that something is wrong with your child, you need to take them in to see a doctor immediately. Doctors will diagnose your child using MRIs, EEGs, CT scans and other related tests.

If your child is diagnosed with CP due to medical neglect you should contact a medical malpractice attorney right away. You may be able to recover some monetary losses from the injury. Call an experienced attorney to find out more.

David Austin