Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of CP, affecting an estimated 50 to 75 percent of those afflicted
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Recognizing spastic CP
Symptoms of spastic CP range from mild difficulty performing fine motor skills – like signing one's name or typing on a keyboard – to involuntary movements (spasms) and other medical disorders like seizures and mental retardation.
Spastic CP is often further identified by its division into five subcategories, depending upon which limbs are affected:
- Diplegia: either both arms or legs
- Hemiplegia: limbs on only one side of the body
- Quadriplegia: all four limbs
- Monoplegia: one limb – extremely rare
- Triplegia: three limbs – also extremely rare
Cerebral palsy results from damage sustained by different parts of a developing brain. It can occur before, during and after birth.
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Spastic Cerebral Palsy Facts
The signs of cerebral palsy vary greatly because there are many types and levels of disability. The main sign that your child might have cerebral palsy is a delay reaching the motor or movement milestones. If you see any of these signs, call your child's doctor or nurse.
A child over 2 months with cerebral palsy might:
- Have difficulty controlling the head when picked up
- Have stiff legs that cross or "scissor" when picked up
A child over 6 months with cerebral palsy might:
- Continue to have a hard time controlling the head when picked up
- Reach with only one hand while keeping the other in a fist
A child over 10 months with cerebral palsy might:
- Crawl by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg
- Not sit by himself or herself
A child over 12 months with cerebral palsy might:
- Not crawl
- Not be able to stand with support
A child over 24 months with cerebral palsy might:
- Not be able to walk
- Not be able to push a toy with wheels
(Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or problem during pregnancy, birth or the first two to three years of a child's life. Cerebral palsy can be caused by:
- Problems from premature birth
- Not getting enough blood, oxygen or other nutrients before or during birth
- A serious head injury
- A serious infection such as meningitis that can affect the brain
- Problems passed from parent to child (genetic conditions) that affect brain development
In many cases, the exact cause of cerebral palsy is not known.
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