How can you support a child with Cerebral Palsy?

The term Cerebral Palsy is used to cover several neurological conditions.

All of these conditions are caused either before, during, or shortly after birth.

These conditions are caused as a result of injury to the baby’s brain for any of the following reasons:

  • Interrupted or limited oxygen supply to the brain
  • A difficult or premature birth process
  • A bleed on the baby’s brain
  • The mother catching an infection whilst pregnant
  • Changes in genes which affect brain development

How severe is their condition?

Cerebral Palsy is usually diagnosed within the first two years of a baby’s life.

The main symptoms of the condition are:

  • Random, uncontrolled body movements
  • Co-ordination and balance problems
  • Muscle stiffness, floppiness, and weakness

These symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the condition, so understanding this is vital to put the right care in place.

What kind of treatments are there?

Whilst there is no cure for the condition, there are several treatments and therapies available designed to help people with cerebral palsy.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Certain medications
  • Surgery

As everyone with cerebral palsy is different, so too should the support they have in place.

We understand that this can be a difficult process, particularly when the needs of the individual are complex.

For a free, no-obligation discussion about our cerebral palsy care agency work, and delivering complex care at home, contact us today.


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