And that means it’s Cerebral Palsy awareness month. I’m going to start featuring bloggers for the next week or so that have a child with Cerebral Palsy. I know for me, I always like hearing stories from other families. It gives me strength and courage to keep pushing through.
Did you know: (from: Resource 4 Cerebral Palsy)
- Cerebral Palsy is usually not diagnosed until a child is two to three years of age.
- Lack of oxygen to the fetus is only responsible for a minority of cerebral palsy cases.
- Some of the known causes of cerebral palsy are: infections during pregnancy, a lack of oxygen reaching the fetus, premature birth, birth asphyxia, blodd disease, severe jaundice, other birth defects or aquired cerebral palsy.
- There are three main types of cerebral palsy based on symptoms: spastic, athetoid, ataxic and mixed.
- Common symptoms of cerebral palsy include spasticity, paralysis, seizures, dyarthria, and unsteady balance or foot movement.
- Cerebral palsy is not contagious and is not progressive.
- With quality medical attention before, during and after pregnancy, cerebral palsy can be prevented.
- Cerebral palsy was first identified by a British surgeon named William Little in 1860.
- Cerebral palsy is an abnormality of motor function which affects the ability to control movements and move.
- Cerebral palsy may be associated with mental retardation or seizures.
- Many children who suffer from cerebral palsy have a normal intellect and only suffer from physical complications.
- It is estimated that the lifetime costs of medical and other care for a child born with cerebral palsy average $500,000
I know that is a lot of information to take in at once. Over the next week, I’ll be featuring other moms that have kids with Cerebral Palsy. I know for me, I find talking about all of our struggles and accomplishments. Also, feel free to read my Cerebral Palsy awareness post from 2010.