Symptoms Of Cerebral Palsy

There are many symptoms to look out for in order to make a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or to bring to your medical professional’s attention. These symptoms include:

  • Variations in muscle tone such as muscles being too stiff or too floppy
  • Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity)
  • Stiff muscles with normal reflexes (rigidity)
  • Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
  • Tremors or involuntary movements
  • Slow, writhing movements (athetosis)
  • Delays in reaching motor skill milestones such as pushing up on arms, sitting up alone, or crawling
  • Favoring one side of the body such as reaching with only one hand or dragging a leg while crawling
  • Difficulty walking such as walking on toes, a crouched gait, a scissors- like gait with the knees crossing, or a wide gait
  • Excessive drooling or problems with swallowing
  • Difficulty with sucking or eating
  • Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty with precise motions such as picking up a crayon or spoon

There can also be associated medical problems such as:

  • Difficulty with vision and hearing
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal touch or pain perceptions
  • Oral diseases
  • Mental health (psychiatric) conditions
  • Urinary incontinence


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