- Q What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?
There are a wide range of symptoms of cerebral palsy. Some children may experience only a mild case, while other cases are more debilitating. Typically, people with cerebral palsy have difficulty controlling muscle movement. Muscles may be stiff, which... Full Answer
- Q How can cerebral palsy be prevented?
There is no surefire way to prevent cerebral palsy. The best thing to do is take care of yourself and make every effort to stay healthy while you are pregnant, as many cases of cerebral palsy develop before birth. If you are pregnant, be sure you have... Full Answer
- Q What causes cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is often caused by problems that occur before birth, although occasionally injury or illness at the beginning of life can bring about the disorder. If you are ill during pregnancy, this can cause your baby to be born with cerebral palsy.... Full Answer
- Q How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?
If your child has cerebral palsy, your doctor will likely recognize the symptoms and may recommend one of several different tests to check for brain damage such as a CT scan, an MRI, or a cranial ultrasound. All of these tests are painless and can take... Full Answer
- Q How does cerebral palsy affect the body?
Cerebral palsy affects the body by causing difficulty in muscle control and movement. In some cases these difficulties can lead to other problems. Sometimes, the stiffness of muscles is so severe that limbs are contorted. Difficulty eating caused by... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for cerebral palsy?
Premature babies have a greater risk or cerebral palsy than babies who complete an entire nine-month pregnancy. Babies with a low birth weight are also at a greater risk. Cerebral palsy can occur during a pregnancy with multiple babies. Since some... Full Answer
- Q What is cerebral palsy?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineCerebral palsy, which affects about one in every five hundred newborns, is caused by some kind of brain damage that occurs most often in utero or, much less frequently, during birth. Characterized by motor delay, abnormal movement, or physical... Full Answer