Happy National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month everyone. This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year because of the meaning behind this month, as well as the events being held in honor of cerebral palsy awareness month.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term describing a group of disorders that affect a person’s motor movements as a result of damage to the developing brain. There are many causes of cerebral palsy. Some of these include jaundice, lack of oxygen to the brain, meningitis, rubella, Rh incompatibility between the mother and child, low birth weight, and many more. Cerebral palsy can be congenital or acquired.
If you have suspicions that your child may have a developmental delay, such as cerebral palsy, contact your physician and get the child evaluated. Some symptoms that can be signs of cerebral palsy are:
- Variations in muscle tone (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.
- Favoring one side of the body.
- Difficulty walking.
- Excessive drooling.
- Difficulty with eating.
- Delays in speech development.
- Difficulty with precise movements, such as picking up a crayon or spoon.
Some associated medical conditions with cerebral palsy include:
- Vision and hearing problems.
- Intellectual disabilities.
- Abnormal touch or pain perceptions.
- Mental health conditions.
- Urinary incontinence.
Treatment and intervention options include:
- Physical therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Botox injections.
- Speech therapy.
Have a great cerebral palsy awareness month. Show love and spread awareness by wearing green.
Be proud. Be fearless. Be strong.