Cerebral Palsy (cont.)
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Even when the condition is present at birth, the signs of cerebral palsy (CP) may not be noticed until a child is 1 to 3 years old. This is due to the way children develop and mature. Doctors and parents may not recognize that a baby's movements are irregular until they become more pronounced as a child grows. These babies and young children may retain newborn reflexes and fail to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones. Parents and caregivers usually are the first to notice that a baby has developmental delays that may be early signs of CP.
When CP is severe, signs are often noticed at birth or shortly thereafter. But some early signs of severe CP vary according to the specific type of CP present.
Common signs of severe CP that may be noticed shortly after birth include:
Some problems related to CP become more evident over time or develop as a child grows. These may include:
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