Feeding Tubes for Nutrition and Medication

Patient Care, Updates

By John Lehman Sometimes, depending on the severity of the disorder, children with cerebral palsy have difficulties feeding themselves. In these cases, a feeding tube may be necessary for your child to meet his or her dietary and nutritional requirements. Feeding tubes could also be used to allow your child an easier way to take... 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

Advice to Expecting Parents about Assisted Delivery Using Vacuum Extraction

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor 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 entails and what... Read More

Fetal Heart Monitoring: How Mistakes Happen in Labor and Delivery

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor 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 distress... Read More

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

Cerebral Palsy and Childhood Osteoporosis

Child Development, Updates

By: John Hartford Although osteoporosis is often associated with aging, it is a common complication of cerebral palsy beginning in childhood. Osteoporosis is a disorder characterized by lack of bone density or bone mass. Children with these “thin bones” can sustain bone fractures from very little trauma, seriously impacting all areas of their lives. Although... Read More

Eating Problems Stressful but Treatable

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor When my first daughter was born, she exhibited a total absence of any type of oral motor skill and necessitated a feeding tube from birth. Her birth injuries occurred as a result of “cord complications of unknown origin.” When our second child was born with cord complications,... Read More

A Mother’s Quest to Feed Her Child

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

When you’re having a child, all you really care about is that he or she is healthy. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out that way. My husband and I discovered this the day our son, AJ, had a major seizure when he was 5 months old. Following that were diagnoses of cerebral palsy (CP), epilepsy... Read More

The Doctors Were Wrong

News, Stories

By Lucy Meyer I was born with cerebral palsy because I did not get oxygen for five minutes at birth. When I was just a few days old, the doctors told my parents that there was a very good chance that I would never sit up or swallow. The doctors were wrong. I swallow lots... Read More

5 Ways to Help Siblings Understand Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

It should not be surprising that we received a lot of feedback on the community question: “How do you explain your child’s cerebral palsy to other siblings to help them understand?” There are more than six million people with disabilities living in the United States alone, and most of these people have brothers and sisters. Read More

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