IUGR and Cerebral Palsy: How Are They Related?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a mother-to-be’s life. It’s also one of the most stressful times, as she does everything possible to help ensure a smooth delivery and a healthy, happy baby. Of course, in every pregnancy there lies the potential for possible risk to the health of baby and mother.... Read More

What Drugs Are Used to Treat Spasticity in Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Patient Care

Because cerebral palsy (CP) has varying levels of severity, each child with a CP diagnosis may experience it differently. Some children may have very few symptoms, while others may have significant developmental delays, both physically and cognitively. However, many children affected with cerebral palsy experience issues of spasticity. In fact, a CDC study reported that... Read More

What to Know About Anoxia and Its Role in Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Anoxia is largely a birthing complication that affects children either in the womb, during the birthing process, or immediately after delivery. Going through this distress can lead to a child developing cerebral palsy. Here is what you should know about anoxia and its role in cerebral palsy. What Is Anoxia? Anoxia is a very serious... Read More

Detecting Signs of Cerebral Palsy in Your Newborn: What to Watch For

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

One of the greatest joys—and reliefs—of new parenthood is seeing your baby reach the expected developmental benchmarks of infancy, such as sitting, rolling over, crawling, and walking. Babies who have trouble reaching these normal milestones may be exhibiting the signs of many different conditions. One such condition is cerebral palsy—a motor disorder that can result... Read More

Your Part in Obtaining a Letter of Medical Necessity

Assistive Technology, Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Equipment, Patient Care, Therapies, Tips for Parents, Treatments

When your child needs a particular medication, therapy, treatment, or assistive device, your request to an insurance company, government agency or other funding source can sometimes be denied. Oftentimes they will require a letter of medical necessity, which is typically provided by your physician or therapist. Letters of medical necessity are critical to getting coverage... Read More

Choosing the Right Communication Device for Your Child with Cerebral Palsy

Assistive Technology

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor For many children with cerebral palsy, communication is a struggle. Some may have a limited ability to learn and understand speech due to cognitive impairment. Others may have difficulty speaking clearly because of motor issues that result in poor control over their tongues, lips, and mouths. Although... Read More

Can Jaundice Cause Brain Damage in Newborns?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Many new parents think that since jaundice is quite common, it isn’t serious and will clear up by itself. While it’s true that many newborns have minimal jaundice, severe jaundice can sometimes cause brain damage and lead to cerebral palsy. You may want to watch out for several risk factors and signs that your child... Read More

Can Cerebral Palsy Be Caused by Doctors?

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Information, Legal Help

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disorder seen in children. Some cases are identified shortly after birth, while others are not diagnosed until the child is older and their lack of motor control and skills becomes more noticeable. What Causes Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy is a set of conditions that are caused by damage... Read More

Can a Walking Frame Help Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Equipment

Children with cerebral palsy may struggle with movement, specifically walking. A mobility device such as a walking frame can help some children with cerebral palsy gain greater independence and walk comfortably on their own. Learn more about how a walking frame works, so you can decide whether this is the right device for your child.... Read More

Federal Law: The “Stay Put” Rule

Birth Injury, Education, Tips for Parents

CPFN Special Contributors Anita Howell and Lisa Viele explain the federal “Stay Put” rule—which gives parents a voice when making decisions about their children’s education—and how it impacted Anita’s son, Ryan. TRANSCRIPT Text: Ever walk into an IEP (Individualized education plan) meeting and feel overpowered by the teachers and their plans? The federal “Stay Put”... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?