Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is not a disease or illness.  "Cerebral" refers to the brain, and "palsy" refers to muscle weakness/poor control.



It is s a physical condition resulting from injury to the brain which impairs movement.   A CP patient will have difficulty moving her/his arms caused because of problems in the brain. The child might have had an injury to the brain, or had a brain that did not develop properly. These problems can affect the way the brain controls movement and posture.



There are various types, ranging from minor to severe disruption of the brain.   Over a period of time, the CP patients can get a little better or worst or they might remain the same, but there is no cure for the condition. 



Cerebral Palsy patients can be treated by various therapies, medications, surgery and lots of support from family and friends that would allow them to improve the quality of their lives.



Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disorder in children and is second only to autism as the most common disability in children in the United States.

 

Cerebral Palsysy can be caused when an unborn child suffers a brain injury, an infection, or abnormal development of the brain tissue.   It can also be caused by a brain injury that takes place during the birthing process. 



In the United States, about 10% of children who have cerebral palsy got it after they were born.  This is called "acquired cerebral palsy."  Acquired cerebral palsy happens when there is brain damage during the first few months or years of life. This damage can be caused by brain infections, like bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis. It can also be caused by a head injury -- usually from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or child abuse during the first few years of life when the brain development is still taking place.



Most of the time the actual cause of cerebral palsy is not known. And, although there may have been a brain injury or a development problem, the problem may not be noticed for months.



Prenatal and anti-natal care is important to prevent the possibility of CP.

 

Pregnant women can be tested routinely for the Rh factor. If a woman is found to be Rh negative, she can be immunized within 72 hours after the birth (or after the pregnancy terminates) to help reduce the risk of CP If the woman who is Rh negative has not been immunized, and has a baby, the newborn can be given a transfusion to help prevent blood incompatibilities. If a newborn baby has jaundice he or she can be treated with photo therapy (light therapy) in the hospital nursery.



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Support For Cerebral Palsy

There are a number of Children in Barbados living with Cerebral Palsy.



To get help with Cerebral Palsy, take your child to his/her paediatrician who will most likely refer you to an occupational therapist or physical therapist. 



You can also contact:

      Perry Gap. Roebuck Street  Tel 622-2038



Please go to Family Services 



Read Up on Cerebral Palsy with these Links



UK NHS on Cerebral Palsy - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cerebral-palsy/Pages/Introduction.aspx  



USA NIH Cerebral Palsy -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734