Understanding cerebral palsy – getting the care your loved ones need

Cerebral palsy is not a singular condition. Rather, it is the umbrella term for a group of lifelong conditions that develop before, during, or soon after birth.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy can differ from person to person; however, they are characterised by difficulty with movement and coordination.

Whilst cerebral palsy is not a progressive condition, it is ever-changing. This fluctuation means that both children and adults with cerebral palsy will need their care and support reevaluated regularly. This allows them to continue their chosen lifestyle comfortably.

Diagnosing cerebral palsy

Whilst the condition is often present at birth, the signs of cerebral palsy may not be immediately obvious to parents and medical professionals. Most babies will start showing symptoms from an early age.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Delayed developmental milestones
  • Weak arms or legs
  • Uncontrolled or clumsy movement
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Issues with swallowing, speaking, or seeing

These symptoms will affect each child differently. Both mild cases and more complex presentations of the condition will require some degree of support.

Cerebral palsy can also be categorised by the area of the body that is impacted most. These types are called:

  • Hemiplegia, where one side of the body is impacted
  • Diplegia, where the lower half of the body is affected
  • Quadriplegia, where the whole body is involved

Seeking care and support

If you have any concerns about your child’s health, the first step should always be to talk to your GP. They will help with the first steps of diagnosis, such as being referred to a child development specialist.

After receiving a diagnosis, your child’s medical professional may speak with you about treatment options. Whilst there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are options available to alleviate the symptoms.

Some common treatments include different types of therapy, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

There are also different types of medications available that can help to reduce stiffness in muscles and help increase movement.

Some children and adults with cerebral palsy may need extra care with day-to-day activities. That’s where our team can help.

Our specialist carers can provide medication and therapy, as well as help around the house. This helps to increase independence both in the home and out and about.

As cerebral palsy affects each person differently, we ensure that our care is tailored to their needs. We work with our clients and their loved ones to ensure that each person can live their life in the way that they choose.

If you would like to find out more about our services, please get in touch with our team today.

Posted in Children, General.