Signs of cerebral palsy
There can be indications at birth that may suggest your child has cerebral palsy, however generally signs become more apparent as your baby develops.
The main signs for cerebral palsy are when a baby shows delayed development and does not reach milestones at the expected times. Difficulties with movement and coordination are also often noticed by family.
Other signs that your child might have cerebral palsy include:
- Low muscle tone; your baby may feel “floppy” when picked up
- High muscle tone; your baby may feel stiff when being picked up or moved.
- A baby may show jerky or uncoordinated movements
- A baby may be unable to hold up their head while lying on their tummy or in a supported sitting position.
- A baby may find feeding and swallowing difficult.
- Some babies with cerebral palsy prefer to use one hand more than the other from an early age (before the age of 12 months).
- Not rolling by 6 months
- A baby's development could be described as delayed if they were not sitting and balancing on their own by 12 months, not walking by 18 months, or not using simple sentences by 24 months
- Some children who have cerebral palsy walk on their tiptoes
Having some of these signs does not necessarily mean your child has cerebral palsy. But if you are concerned your child is not reaching his or her milestones, or he or she shows some of the signs of cerebral palsy, please speak to your Health Visitor or GP or read more about our early intervention service, Better Start, Better Future and how you can access our services.
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