Identifying Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy baby shoeThe birth of a new baby is one of the most joyful moments in a family’s life.  Fathers count all the toes.  A mother holds her child after carrying the baby for nine months.  This is the perfect baby.

But for some, the dream delivery turns into a harsh reality when there are complications and difficulties.  The baby is rushed to the NICU because the labor took too long, the baby is breathing strangely, or some unknown concern is written across the doctor’s face.

For some families, the baby suffers no obvious problems and is soon sent home.  It is only months, even years later when the family begins to notice subtle differences between their child and all the rest on the playground.

In fact, most of the symptoms of cerebral palsy do not surface until the child is at least a few months old. That may make it more challenging for parents to tie the symptoms to the injuries that occurred at birth.  A parent can expect most of the symptoms of cerebral palsy to begin before the child reaches the age of three. Often, developmental delays and failure to reach basic milestones are the first signs that something is not entirely right.

The child may not develop motor skills on time, or may experience other types of development delays. For example, the baby may take much longer to roll over, hold his head up, or crawl. As the months go by, he may take longer to sit or stand up with help. Sometimes, children with cerebral palsy seem stiff and may display an unusual posture.

There are different types of cerebral palsy, and therefore, symptoms may vary. If the baby suffers spastic cerebral palsy, he may suffer from stiffness in certain muscles. If he suffers from dyskinetic cerebral palsy, he will have poor muscle control, abnormal motor moments, tremors, or strange posture.  If you notice that your child is very floppy, has very poor muscle control, or is reaching important milestones very late, see a pediatrician. Failure to reach important milestones should be brought to a pediatrician’s attention immediately.

By the time a child begins to show such symptoms and by the time a pediatrician is able to provide a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, a lot of time could have passed after the birth. Parents are sometimes slow to connect the developmental delays to the injuries or complications occurred during birth.

Get in touch with a birth injury lawyer in Indiana to establish whether you have a possible claim for a birth injury or a cerebral palsy claim. If you recently had a baby, and there were complications during birth, or errors that were made during the delivery or labor process, look out for any of the consequences of a birth injury that could include cerebral palsy.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP help families who believe they have a possible birth injury claim.  They are ready to help you, or someone you love.  Contact them through our website or call, today.