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Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy isn’t a specific illness, but rather a general term used by doctors to refer to a set of neurological conditions, which result in movement and co-ordination disorders, caused by damage to the brain. This damage usually occurs in babies before, during, or soon after birth, and possible causes include: infection in pregnancy; abnormal brain development; a difficult or premature birth; bleeding in the baby’s brain, and, though rarely; it can be inherited. The condition will normally become noticeable within the first 2 years of a child’s life.

The severity of the condition varies greatly from child to child and will depend upon the type of cerebral palsy your child has. There are 5 main types of cerebral palsy: spastic hemiplegia, which causes muscle stiffness on one side of the body and sometimes curvature of the spine; spastic diplegia, causing muscle stiffness in the legs; ataxic cerebral palsy, which affects balance and depth perception; athetoid (dyskinetic) cerebral palsy, which results in speech problems and the increasing and decreasing of muscle tone, and finally; spastic quadriplegia, the most severe of all types, which can result in the child being unable to walk and support their neck, and have moderate to severe learning difficulties. Children with cerebral palsy also often have other problems or related conditions, such as learning difficulties, epilepsy, incontinence, visual and/ or hearing impairment, delayed growth, difficulties speaking, curved spine and drooling.

Approximately one in 400 children in the UK suffer from cerebral palsy, and roughly 1,800 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year. Though it is not a progressive condition, and thus will not get worse over time, cerebral palsy can put a huge strain on the body, meaning that problems can occur in later life. Though there is no cure for cerebral palsy, a range of treatments, from medicines to surgery, are available and can help to reverse symptoms and relieve pain. One example is a botulinum toxin A injection, which is sometimes used to relieve muscle stiffness.

Raising a child with cerebral palsy can be difficult and have an impact on the whole family. If you’re struggling, or need any advice, make sure you get in touch with your GP or paediatrician, who will be happy to help.

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My friends child Erin has cerebral palsy and is 5 years old. She struggles with movement and speech. Erin is a happy child and doesn't look any different to me but that might be because I am her helper





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I am really unsure of what type of cerebral palsy I have please could I come to a road show or meet dr.pixie, Dr Christian and dr.dawn in person as I am worried I have been misdiagnosed this is destroying my parents and I lives I just want to know more and clarify which type I have please please please can you help and contact me to resolve my frustations god bless and thank you





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Cerebral palsy is a kind of diseases that is caused by damage of brain during or before birth. This illness can also be occurred soon after the birth. There are various reasons for these diseases such as infection in the pregnancy, problem in brain development, untimely birth and bleeding in the brain. The condition and problems of these Cerebral palsy sufferers are different from each other. This website gives you very relevant information about cerebral palsy. Our website provides you very useful information about cerebral palsy. http://www.helpforcerebralpalsy.com





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my daughter is 3years old the legs and hands muscle are stiffness. She can't talk, she can't, sit neither walking. Her nack swing. Doctor, what is the cure

hi my son is three years old and he has cerebral palsy which affects he's both legs and right arm he's speech was'nt effected he has very high muscle tone which effects him in walking and getting around he recieves botox injections every six to eight months i have found a big inprovement with him so far





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On tonights show (4/03/11) it said that "intelligence is not affected when someone has Cerebral Palsy". This is definitely not true. My 23 yr old son has Spastic Cerebral Palsy - Diplegia, he was born with it, and he also has significant Learning Disability.





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Thank you for the very kind advice, but she was referred by our doctor to the hospital when she was 3 and thats how she got physio, and was eventually discharged when she was 5. The only problem being no reason was ever found. She has slightly better times to others when her running isnt too effected. Perhaps we should try again!





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my daughter is unable to run properly she is 9 years old. In the mornings and when she is tired she is unable to move her legs quickly, when she tries really hard to she appears to have one leg longer than the other? Even from infants school a teacher asked if she suffered from dislocating hips as a baby, which she never, her ballet teacher and playgroup commented too. She gets very upset and is teased about this. She has been to physio but never saw the physiotherapist when her coordination is at its worst, which is very frustrating as they didnt seem to believe how bad it gets. Her upper body shows the effort she is putting into running but nothing seems to happen with her legs. Any ideas as to what could be the cause or how I can help her?





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the best way to do this is to get your doctor to do a refairal to see a specealist and they will be able to help you my daughter suffers from cerbral palsey and i went through my doctor hopefully you may get the answers you are looking for all the best


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