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10 symptoms of cerebral palsy

Parents naturally worry about their children. As you read the following symptoms of cerebral palsy, keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. It is just 10 of the most common symptoms. Moreover, seeing some of these symptoms does not guarantee that your child has the disorder. Only a medical professional can decide that.

With that in mind, here are 10 symptoms:

  1. Having problems eating or sucking on a bottle.
  2. Not using both sides of the body properly. For instance, your child only picks things up with his or her left hand.
  3. Suffering from tremors and shaking.
  4. Making similar movements that are involuntary and not controlled.
  5. Having muscles that appear too stiff.
  6. Not hitting milestones at the proper times. For instance, your child does not lift himself or herself up with his or her arms when children of that age should be doing so easily.
  7. Having trouble speaking or showing significant delays in developing the ability.
  8. Suffering from seizures.
  9. Not having proper coordination. Young children always struggle with coordination, but the key is to see if it is developing and where your child stands compared to peers of the same age.
  10. Walking with an improper gait. This could include moving the legs in a scissor-like motion, for instance, or holding them too far apart.

Do you believe that your child has cerebral palsy? Perhaps you have already gotten a diagnosis. Do you also believe that negligence on the behalf of the medical staff led to the condition? If so, make sure you know about all of the legal rights you may have to compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Cerebral palsy," accessed March 27, 2018

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