Birth Injuries

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy In Babies?

NOTE: Being that cerebral palsy is classified as a brain injury, it does not worsen over time. Certain areas of the brain, if injured, can be permanent and irreversible.

Cerebral palsy can be separated into four major types, with Spastic being the most common. Regarding cerebral palsy, two terms must be understood on how CP affects muscle tone. They are as follows:
Unable To Keep The Head Up: This can be seen when the baby is lying either on their stomach, or when he or she is being held in a sitting/support type posture.
Low Or Poor Muscle Tone: When picked up or moved, the baby may feel “floppy”
Muscle Spasms: Extreme stiffness may occur, which affects the bending of limbs and other body parts.
Feeding Difficulties: This can be seen by the baby not having a desire to eat. The baby may also display an aversion to anything placed in their mouth.
Swallowing Difficulties
Delayed Development: Certain tasks by many babies are performed by six months of age such as rolling over on their own and sitting up.
Favoring One Side of The Body Over The Other
Cerebral Palsy Signs & Symptoms in Toddler: 12-18 Months have gone by and the baby is still not walking, speaking, or reciting simple sentences by 24 months.

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