As against some erroneous belief, cerebral palsy is not a witchcraft or a curse effect. Cerebral palsy affects areas like movement, posture, communication, feeding, eating, seizure, learning and behaviour. And though his medical cause is yet unknown, once detected, it is more important to accept the condition and help ones child to live with it and to make them independent.
Early intervention is necessary when you identify the following symptoms
Young babies may show some of these signs:
• Stiffness- Stiffness in some positions, like lying on the back. There is also difficulty in bending your baby’s body to dress or cuddle her.
• Floppiness- Your baby’s head flops and she cannot lift it. Her arms and legs hang down when she is held in the air. The baby moves too little.
• Slow development- Learning to lift her head and to sit takes longer than expected, and she may neglect some parts of the body.
• Poor feeding- Sucking and swallowing is poor. Your baby’s tongue pushes the milk and food out. She has difficulty closing her mouth.
• Unusual behavior- She may be a crying, irritable baby who sleeps badly. Or she may be a very quiet baby who sleeps too much.
Once any of the above symptoms are seen, it is advisable for parents to intervene by getting your child helped. Parents and care givers need not to delay once they have detected any of the above symptoms in their child. And a rapt intervention involves:
• Getting your child assessed at a health centre- Proper heath care is necessary at early detection by seeking medical help, parents are given medical advice on how to deal with the issue. There, parents would be taught on how to feed, place, assist in mobility and how best to communicate with such children.
• Asking about special places and community projects that help children with disabilities- one of the good ways to intervene is for parents to ask questions about how community helps children with cerebral palsy. Questions like, are there schools for them? Are there community programmme for them? Etc. even though we live in a society where people likes to cover up salient child issues like this, there are laid down programmes by NGOs to help parents pull through.
• Asking where to find people with special training in helping children with disabilities- Seeking professional help is another good way to early intervene. There are specialized and trained body whose aim is to grant special care for children with special needs. By employing the service(s) of this trained personnel, the child is exposed to early therapy and this would greatly help parents and the children manage cerebral palsy.
• Continuous treatment at home- Children with cerebral palsy are best developed at home not in any hospital environment. At home, parents and care giver helps the child to communicate, explain things to them, explain actions to them etc. Also at home, therapeutic actions are carried out. This includes, helping he child to walk, play, dress and watch their body.
Cerebral palsy is not the end of a child because such child, can have a normal life if given early intervention.