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What You Need To Know About Cerebral Palsy Caused By Birth Injury

It can be challenging to watch your child grow up with cerebral palsy. Your child will require lifelong care and assistance, which may place a financial and emotional strain on the entire family. You may feel overwhelmed and frustrated, especially if you are not receiving the support you need.

There are several medical errors that result in a birth injury, including fractures, brain injuries, swelling, etc. A birth injury lawyer will help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. 

What you need to know about cerebral palsy caused by birth injury

Cerebral palsy is a condition that is caused by damage to the brain, typically during pregnancy or childbirth. This damage can lead to problems with movement, muscle control, and coordination. Cerebral palsy can vary in severity, and some people with the condition may only have mild symptoms, while others may be more severely affected. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are treatments and therapies that can help improve the symptoms.

There are various types of cerebral palsy mentioned below.

  • Monoplegia: This type of spastic CP only affects one body part. Usually, it is the upper limb (arm) of one side of the body.
  • Diplegia: This type of spastic CP affects both sides of the body but usually to a lesser degree than hemiplegia. The lower limbs are generally more affected than the upper limbs.
  • Hemiplegia: This type of spastic CP affects one side of the body more than the other. Usually, the arm is more affected than the leg on the same side.
  • Quadriplegia: This type of spastic CP affects all four limbs.
  • Paraplegia: This type of spastic CP affects both legs but not the arms.

A range of symptoms can be associated with cerebral palsy in babies. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  1. Abnormal muscle tone means the muscles are either too stiff or too floppy.
  2. Abnormal reflexes have an over-responsive or under-responsive startle reflex.
  3. Abnormal posture manifests as either a tightness in the muscles or a looseness.
  4. Abnormal gait consists of a wide gait or a shuffling gait.
  5. Tremors or involuntary movements include uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs.
  6. Problems with feeding include difficulty sucking or swallowing.
  7. Problems with speech include difficulty with articulation or with producing speech sounds.
  8. Sensory problems can include reduced sensitivity to touch, pain, or temperature.

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