Cerbral Palsy is a neurological conditition which is caused by an injury to the brain (for example lack of oxygen to the brain), either whilst in the womb, during birth or as a result of a premature birth, as with Camren.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy normally become apparent during the first three years of a child's life.
S/he may be slower in achieving important developmental goals, such as learning to crawl, walk or speak.
Children with cerebral palsy also tend to have problems with their muscle tone (the unconscious ability to contract or relax muscles as needed). S/he may have:
In some cases, s/he may experience an early period of hypotonia for the first two or three months of his/her life, before progressing to hypertonia.
Children with cerebral palsy also tend to favour one side of the body over the other, which can make his/her posture appear unusual.
Spastic quadriplegia is the most severe type of cerebral palsy, caused by extensive damage to the brain. S/he will have a high degree of stiffness in all their limbs, and may be unable to walk. At the same time, their neck muscles will be very loose and they may have problems supporting their head. They may find speaking difficult, and may have some degree of learning difficulties, in some cases this can be severe. Frequent epileptic seizures are common in children living with spastic quadriplegia but not all children have them.
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Cerebral palsy information obtained from www.nhs.uk