Cerebral palsy: Causes, symptoms and care

Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination.

If you know a loved one with this condition, finding care can be complex but it is crucial in ensuring the individual’s needs are met.

What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is often caused when a baby’s brain does not develop properly. This may happen while in the womb or during or after birth.

This may be caused by reduced oxygen flow to the brain, an infection caught by the mother during pregnancy, meningitis or a serious head injury.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Symptoms are often spotted in the first two to three years of a child’s life, they may include:

· Delays in reaching development milestones

· Weak arms or legs

· Fidgety movements

· Walking on tiptoes

· Swallowing difficulties

· Vision problems

· Learning disabilities

· Uncontrolled movements

Care for people with cerebral palsy

While there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, there are a number of treatments which are available to consider alongside having a carer.

Treatments include physiotherapy, speech therapy and medication.

Seeking a carer to help support with this condition will allow your loved one to gain independence.

Carers can help with cooking meals, attending medical appointments and completing everyday tasks.

They can also help those they care for enjoy their passions and explore new things by providing the support they require.

At Synergy Complex Care, we offer personalised care plans to meet your individual needs. If you or a loved one need support, contact us today.

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