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How to care for a child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the brain and muscles. Damage or developmental problems can affect a child’s control over his or her muscles. Those with cerebral palsy could have difficulty walking, intellectual disabilities, speech problems and more.

According to the CDC, cerebral palsy can occur during birth. Brain or nerve damage caused by medical malpractice can the condition.

How can children remain active?

A child with cerebral palsy can have difficulties staying active. WebMD explains that he or she might not be at the same level as other children. Parents should still help their child walk as much as possible. Active play is critical for all children, but particularly those with cerebral palsy. Activity can help strengthen the muscles. For children with this condition, activity can result in fewer health issues.

Parents should have guidance from doctors and physical therapists about how to exercise the child at home. A physical therapist can teach parents how the child can properly stretch his or her muscles. Massage can also help with muscle spasms.

How can parents keep their children healthy?

To have a child with any form of disability can be difficult for parents. With cerebral palsy, the child will most likely have several medical professionals looking out for him or her. Pediatricians, therapists, specialists and more may have a hand in the child’s treatment. While this can add a lot of stress to a parent’s already busy life, it is critical to stay on top of all the different appointments. A parent who remains involved in the healthcare and decisions are more likely to make good decisions and to understand what works best for the child in question.

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