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Potential symptoms of cerebral palsy

Since cerebral palsy is a brain injury, it's often a bit different from one case to the next. This can make it harder for parents and doctors to know exactly what the issue is. Below are a few common symptoms to watch out for:

Developmental Delays

Delays could impact a child's ability to speak. A child may not show language signs as quickly and may have extra difficulty talking even when the skill does start to develop. Delays could also be to motor skills. Certain milestones, like sitting up or crawling, may take longer to reach.


A child that suffers from seizures could have a different disorder, like epilepsy, but these have also been traced back to cerebral palsy in some situations.

Issues with Eating

A child with this disorder could have problems eating or sucking, which can make nursing very difficult or even impossible. The child may also have problems swallowing or may drool to an excessive degree.

Differences in Sides of the Body

A child with cerebral palsy may notably favor one side over the other. This goes beyond simply being right-handed or left-handed. The child may use only one hand at all times, for instance, or could crawl with one leg and drag the other one. In some cases, certain muscles could be stiff too often, while others are too floppy, which could cause differences in the way the child uses one side or the other.

Again, cerebral palsy is different for some children than for others, and this is by no means a comprehensive list of all possible symptoms. However, if your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to a doctor's negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms and causes," accessed March 17, 2017

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