Hypotonia – Floppy Infant Syndrome

Associated Conditions, In the News, Updates

By The CP Family Network Children who are born with or develop cerebral palsy may also manifest a condition known as hypotonia, or low muscle tone (the amount of tension or resistance to movement in a muscle). The condition is also known as “Floppy infant syndrome” or “infantile hypotonia”. Individuals with this diagnosis are said... Read More

Pediatric Stroke and Cerebral Palsy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By John Lehman View similar stories. Most people think strokes affect only adults, but they can also occur in children, even before birth. In fact, pediatric stroke is one of the leading causes of death in children. Children who have suffered from a pediatric stroke also have a high chance of developing cerebral palsy. Like... Read More

Fetal Heart Monitoring: How Mistakes Happen in Labor and Delivery

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, M.D. CP Family Network Medical Director Electronic fetal heart monitoring is used in nearly all hospital births in the U.S. The technology has been around for decades. But medical records of brain-injured infants I review each week frequently show that although fetal monitoring was showing the baby was experiencing high levels of... Read More

Advice to Expecting Parents about Assisted Delivery Using Vacuum Extraction

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, M.D., J.D. Medical Director, Cerebral Palsy Family Network When a mother is unable to deliver a child on her own, assistive equipment may be used to help speed the birthing process. Because the need for vacuum extraction (VE) is always a possibility during childbirth, parents need to be aware of what it... Read More

Pitocin and Its Ties to Cerebral Palsy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Stacey Bucklin CP Family Network Editor View similar stories. Pitocin is the synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone called oxytocin that is produced by a woman’s body during labor and delivery. It is used to induce labor or to speed up (augment) natural labor. It may also be administered to help a mother... Read More

Physical Therapy Basics, Rights and Cautions

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop Some children with cerebral palsy require physical therapy. Some don’t. Once the diagnosis is made, and the type of cerebral palsy is determined, a team of health care professionals will work to identify specific impairments and needs, and then develop an appropriate plan to address the core disabilities that affect the... Read More

Placental Abruption

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Stacey Bucklin CP Family Network Editor View similar stories. Placental abruption is the separation, either partially or completely, of the placenta from the uterine wall before delivery. Although this condition is relatively rare, occurring in 1 out of every 100 pregnancies, the premature detachment of the placenta can have serious health consequences for a... Read More

It’s Spring: Time to Get Kids with Cerebral Palsy Moving

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop In spring, parents start thinking about recreational activities for their children. The disabilities community is no different.  Medical research and personal experience show that people with disabilities benefit greatly when they participate in community recreation programs and settings. Following is information about the importance of physical activity for children and adults... Read More

Electrical Muscle Stimulation Treatments for Cerebral Palsy

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By John Lehman Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) refers to a group of treatments that make use of electrical current to stimulate nerve endings, with the aim of reverting damage to the patient’s nervous system. Children suffering from cerebral palsy often have issues with movement and muscle spasticity, and EMS has proven to be effective at... Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Does it Work?

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By John Lehman Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is commonly used to treat scuba divers with the bends, but recently, the therapy has been used to treat certain types of cerebral palsy, as well. Opinions vary as to whether or not HBOT is an effective treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Some research has shown improvements... Read More

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