cerebral palsy ?

Claire - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




my son is 6 month old and they think he might have cerebral palsy he doesnt move his left side too much does not even look that way he keeps both his hands closed in a fists and arms stretched out at his sides he does try an reach for toys but his fingers go off to the side he never brings anything too his mouth im wondering if anyone has any advice


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Iridescent - posted on 02/07/2011




Get the MRI done and the correct diagnosis, so treatment can start. The sooner therapy begins, the better the outlook.

JuLeah - posted on 02/07/2011




By six months he ought to have been to the doc a few times, what does your doc say. Yes, I'd get this looked into. It sounds like there might be an issue. You are wise to notice and take action early. Is this behavior a change? Was he able, but now he cant? That is a different issue and needs to be looked at soon.
Early intervention is the best option ... whatever the issue, treat it young and he will have fewer issues later in life. Good luck

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2011




My son was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, aka Cerebral Palsy this past November. He will be 2 in April. When he turned 1 his doctor was worried that he was not sitting up by himself, crawling, etc... They recommended us to get a therapist. Then at his 18 month check up they still did not like how things were going so they recommended us to see a neurologist. We had to take our son to get a MRI done, that is when the neurologist told us the news. It has been a year since my son started therapy and he has made great improvement. He is sitting by himself now and he is finally reaching for his toys and playing with them. We recently had to get him leg braces and a walker so he can start to learn how to walk. My advice for you is talk to your sons doctor. As I was told from our neurologist it can't get any worse, it can only get better. The sooner you get help the better it is for him.

Sharon - posted on 02/07/2011




I was diagosed as an infant with Cerebral Palsy. I am in my 40's now and mananging fine. You will need to take him to an orthapedic doctor. Always encourage him to try the ordinary things that kids normally do...such as climbing a tree or riding a bike. It won't be as easy for him as for most kids but with encouragement he will be able to do more than you or the doctors expect. The doctors told my parents that I would never ride a bike. They bought me a tricycle and made it a stationary bike. They helped me hold my feet on the peddles until I could manage on my own. I then graduated to a two wheeler with training wheels and then a two wheeler without training wheels. I was 11 when I got my training wheels off while most kids are 5 or 6, but I did it. Please don't allow your son's doctors to discourage you to not try different things. I now work a full time job, drive a vehicle, am married and have an adopted daughter. Physical therapy can work wonders but you have to be persistant. Never give up and pray a lot. Your son will do fine.

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