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Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the brain that results in impaired muscle movement and coordination. Most children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy were born with the condition, though there are instances in which the condition develops as a result of an injury suffered during or shortly after birth. In either case, cerebral palsy is not always immediately diagnosed, in part because of the limited mobility that occurs naturally in babies.
However, symptoms of cerebral palsy become more evident as a child grows and not all children will display the same signs and symptoms of the condition. Symptoms often depend on the type and severity of the cerebral palsy. The most common types of cerebral palsy include:
Is Your Child Displaying Cerebral Palsy Symptoms?
Developmental delay is the one of the main symptoms of cerebral palsy. Important developmental milestones occur in infancy and early childhood, and children who are delayed in reaching these milestones should be seen by a physician.
Signs that your child is experiencing developmental delays include:
Additional cerebral palsy symptoms parents should look for in their child include:
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