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Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Often, cerebral palsy can go undetected or undiagnosed for months, or even years, as your child’s delays become more noticeable as he or she gets older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that cerebral palsy is generally diagnosed during the first or second year after birth.

Signs of cerebral palsy can differ based on type of cerebral palsy and its severity. If a child has mild symptoms, cerebral palsy may be difficult to diagnose until he or she is older. By recognizing signs of the condition, parents can seek medical attention more quickly to improve their child’s symptoms. Below, our Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers discuss signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy.

What Are Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Babies?

According to the CDC and the Mayo Clinic, signs of cerebral palsy include:

  • Difficulty feeding and swallowing
  • Reduced muscle tone, resulting in “heavy” or floppy arms and legs (neonatal hypotonia)
  • Inability to hold up his or her head
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Involuntary movements
  • Poor balance

Abnormal posture is also a noticeable sign of cerebral palsy. This means that the baby may use one side of his or her body more than the other. He or she may do this when:

  • Crawling (i.e. dragging one leg when crawling)
  • Reaching (i.e. favoring one arm when reaching)

Developmental delays are also some of the earliest signs of cerebral palsy in babies. Developmental delays may include failure to reach milestones such as:

  • Rolling over
  • Sitting
  • Crawling

As a child gets older, other signs to look for include:

  • Difficulty walking, such as dragging feet, walking on tip-toes or having an abnormal walking gait
  • Delays in speech development
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills (i.e. grasping small objects)

What Are the Signs of a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury?

Cerebral palsy can arise from abnormal brain development or a brain injury shortly before, during or after birth. Medical negligence or medical malpractice may cause a birth injury that results in cerebral palsy. Signs of a cerebral palsy birth injury may include:

Contact Our Chicago Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Today

If you suspect that your child suffered a cerebral palsy birth injury as a result of malpractice, discuss your situation with a cerebral palsy lawyer from our firm. We work with families nationwide, and have offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Wilmington and Birmingham. Call us at (877) 262-9767 to discuss your situation.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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