Cerebral Palsy Gait
Symptoms of cerebral palsy are characterized by children failing to reach developmental milestones that parents are usually able to notice as their child develops and grows. Cerebral palsy symptoms can be apparent at and immediately following birth; however, in many cases newborns do not display any cerebral palsy symptoms.
Symptoms include the lack of facial expressions, the lack of response to some sounds, and the inability to follow movement with their eyes. Often, these characteristics show around the age of three months. At about six months, other cerebral palsy symptoms may appear, such as the inability of the child to lift their head, roll over, and feeding problems.
A newborn's reflexes can play a significant role in diagnosis of cerebral palsy. For example, if a newborn baby is on its back and tilted so their legs are above its head, a healthy baby will automatically extend its arms in a manner that looks like an embrace. This gesture is called the Moro Reflex. Babies normally lose this reflex after they reach 6 months old, but those with cerebral palsy retain the Moro Reflex for abnormally long periods. Physicians often check for this reflex as a cerebral palsy symptom in diagnosing Cerebral Palsy in a child.
Early development of hand preference can be a symptom of cerebral palsy. Hand preference is the tendency to use either the right or left hand more often. When holding an object in front of and to the side of a child, an infant or toddler with cerebral palsy will use the favored hand to reach for the object even though the object is closer to the opposite hand. This preference is often attributed to the strength of an unaffected side or limb of the body.
Depending on the type of Cerebral Palsy your child, different symptoms of Cerebral Palsy show. The main types of cerebral palsy are Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and Mixed Cerebral Palsy.
Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
When a child has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, damage to the areas of the brain that control coordinated movements and maintain body posture can cause involuntary movements.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy consist of random and involuntary movements in the face, arms, and body, often interfering with reaching, grasping, speaking, and feeding.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Spastic Cerebral Palsy symptoms include stiff and jerky movements causing difficulty in holding and releasing objects in addition to difficulty in moving from one position to another. In cases of children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy, muscles and muscle groups remain in a state of heightened involuntary reflex causing the above mention Cerebral Palsy symptoms.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy include shaky, unsteady, and uncoordinated movements that can be caused by poor muscle tone. In a child with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, the above mentioned symptoms can also be caused by poor depth perception and balance.
Cerebral Palsy symptoms will often vary with each child and the type of cerebral palsy they have, but it is very common for a child with cerebral palsy to have the symptoms of more than one form of the above types.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy symptoms in a child with Mixed Cerebral Palsy are a combination of the symptoms in Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, and Spastic Cerebral Palsy. In most cases, the most prevalent symptoms of Mixed Cerebral Palsy will include a mix of tight muscle tone causing stiff or jerky movements as seen in Spastic Cerebral Palsy children and involuntary movements of the face, arms, and other body parts as seen in Athetoid Cerebral Palsy.
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