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What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Birth injuries are a real risk that every woman has to worry about when she goes into labor. No matter how experienced the doctor and nursing staff are, mistakes can still happen. These mistakes can lead to medical malpractice claims if birth injuries occur to the child. One common birth injury involves cerebral palsy. Let's take a look at the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

The most severe cases of cerebral palsy will exhibit the following symptoms not long after the child has been born:

  • Baby is in unusual positions and either floppy or stiff
  • A shrill or weak cry
  • Seizures
  • Issues with swallowing and sucking

There is the possibility that the condition could be present at birth yet the symptoms do not present themselves until the child is between the ages of one and three. This is due to the doctors and the parents of the child not noticing the issues with movement until these issues become more defined as they grow.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy that tend to develop over a period of time as the child develops include the following:

  • Pain when lightly touched
  • Lack of muscle growth in the arms and legs
  • Drooling that irritates the skin on the chin, chest, and cheeks
  • Joint stiffness, seizures, and falls

As you can see, the symptoms of cerebral palsy vary based on the severity of the injury. A host of different people can be held accountable for this type of birth injury to your child. Be sure you protect your rights and the rights of your child immediately after discovering the symptoms.

Source: WebMD, "Cerebral Palsy - Symptoms," accessed Feb. 14, 2018

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