Signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy


According to the definition of cerebral palsy, it has two universal symptoms- abnormal postures and abnormal movements. Apart from these two symptoms, varied signs and symptoms are noticed in children with cerebral palsy

  • Muscle tone variations — either hypertonic ( too stiff) or hypotonic (too floppy)
  • Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
  • Presence of tremors or involuntary movements
  • Presence of slow, writhing movements (athetosis)
  • Milestones delays in reaching motor skills, such as Weight bearing on hands, sitting independently or rolling
  • Using only one side of the body( Hemiplegia)
  • Difficulty walking, such as walking on toes, a crouched gait, a scissors-like gait with knees crossing or a wide gait
  • Presence of excessive drooling
  • Difficulty with swallowing, sucking
  • Difficulty with chewing solid foods
  • Delays or Difficult speaking
  • Problems with finer movements
  • Seizures
  • Dental problems
  • Vision difficulties such as squint, optic atrophy
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Intellectual disabilities or mental retardation
  • Abnormal touch or pain perceptions
  • Problems with coordination and equilibrium
  • Fluctuation of tones ( Dyskinetic)
  • Microcephaly
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Etc

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