Cerebral palsy is a condition where the motor area of the brain does not develop properly during fetal development. It has been damaged by an injury that happened before, during, or after birth. It is a permanent disability. A child with CP is not able to walk, talk, or eat normally. The only way to treat the condition is to improve your child's mobility and quality of life.
As the patient grows older, a concern is mental health. Studies have shown that the rate of depression is three to four times higher than the general population. This may have to do with the fact that people with disabilities have a hard time coping with the disabilities they experience. Emotional support, overcoming disappointments, and an optimistic outlook can all play a major role in mental health. Ultimately, these issues are best addressed through a patient-centered approach.
The healthcare provider will examine the child's muscle tone, motor skills, and coordination. They will also ask about the baby's history and development. During the visit, be sure to share any delays or abnormalities you have noticed. Your pediatrician will make a proper diagnosis and a plan for care. If the condition is suspected, the healthcare provider can perform a comprehensive physical exam to determine the appropriate course of treatment.