Cerebral Palsy Evaluation in Raeford, NC

Learn About the Types & Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Approximately one in 323 children has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy according to the Autism and Development Disabilities Monitoring Network. Getting an early and accurate diagnosis is an important step in determining the best treatment option for your child. Kids First Pediatrics in Raeford and Fayetteville, NC are here to provide expert care for you and your family.

If your child is exhibiting signs of Cerebral Palsy, please request an appointment online today or call us to get more information. 

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that affect a child’s ability to move and maintain balance. Children that have Cerebral Palsy often have other conditions such as learning disabilities, seizures, difficulties with sense of touch and problems with vision, hearing and speech.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy can present itself in three ways:

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Cerebral Palsy, the most common form of Cerebral Palsy, can also be referred to as bilateral spasticity. Spastic diplegia is a form of Spastic Cerebral Palsy where both legs are affected, which results in difficulty walking. Other forms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy include spastic hemiplegia and spastic quadriplegia.
  • Athetoid or Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: Athetoid Cerebral Palsy affects the entire body. Children usually have trouble sitting and walking. They also struggle with sucking and speaking.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Children with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy may have a hard time balancing as well as difficulty with motions that require precise coordination.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

In most cases, the cause of Cerebral Palsy is unknown. However, there are some things that can occur during the baby’s development in the womb, including:

  • Infections during pregnancy: Some infections that could result in a child developing Cerebral Palsy include German measles, cytomegalovirus and toxoplasmosis.
  • Trauma during labor: A severe lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head.
  • Rh incompatibility between mother and infant: This may result in the mother’s body producing antibodies that destroy the fetus’ blood cells, which may lead to jaundice in the newborn.

Treatment options for Cerebral Palsy vary based on the type and developmental abilities of the child. If you think your child is showing signs of Cerebral Palsy it is important to reach out to your family doctor as soon as possible.