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Question 1: What are some symptoms of cerebral palsy?
Answer: The signs of cerebral palsy vary greatly because there are many different types and levels of disability. The main sign that a child might have cerebral palsy is a delay reaching motor or movement milestones (such as rolling over, sitting, standing, or walking).
Following are some other signs of possible cerebral palsy. It is important to note that some children without cerebral palsy also might have some of these signs.
Question 2: Can a person with cerebral palsy walk?
In 2006, a little more than half of the children identified with cerebral palsy in a CDC study could walk independently.
Question 3: What causes cerebral palsy?
Answer: The majority of cerebral palsy is related to brain damage that happened before, during or immediately after birth (usually defined as the first 28 days of life and known as congenital cerebral palsy).
A small percentage of cerebral palsy occurs more than 28 days after birth. This is usually due to an infection (such as meningitis) or head injury.
In many cases, the specific cause of cerebral palsy isn’t known.
Question 4: Can you think of five or more ways to help prevent cerebral palsy after a child is born?
Answer: Some cases of cerebral palsy that are related to an infection or injury during childhood can be prevented:
Question 5: At what age is cerebral palsy usually diagnosed?
Answer: Cerebral palsy generally is diagnosed during the first or second year after birth. But if a child’s symptoms are mild, it is sometimes difficult to make a diagnosis until the child is a few years older.
Question 6: Is there a cure for cerebral palsy?
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatment can improve the lives of those who have the condition. It is important to begin a treatment program as early as possible.
Question 7: How many children in the United States have cerebral palsy?
Answer: Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. CDC estimates that about 1 in every 303 children in the United States has cerebral palsy.