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Important basics about cerebral palsy, part 2

In a recent post we began a discussion about cerebral palsy, a common neurological disorder among children that stems from a brain injury or malformation. The condition can develop through no fault of anyone but there are also cases that might have been prevented through better medical care. 

No matter the reason for cerebral palsy, it is crucial for parents (and their doctors, of course) to know the signs and symptoms of the disorder. Cerebralpalsy.org addresses how early detection and treatment can benefit a child's quality of life. The following are some of the common symptoms and signs of the condition:

Muscle tone impairment: A child might have really loose or stiff muscles, and their muscle tone and movement might fluctuate significantly from one area to another. The condition means that the brain has a hard time communicating with muscles for coordinated movement. 

Impaired movement: Impaired muscle tone could result in awkward movement when a child walks, tries to sit still, or tries to complete certain tasks. Basically, one might notice unpredictable or abnormal movements because the brain cannot properly control the child's movements. A child might be unable to sit still. He or she might walk with their toes pointing in or out. Completing everyday tasks like getting dressed might not be easy due to uncontrollable muscle movements. 

These are just some of the common, life-altering effects of cerebral palsy. Future posts will continue this discussion, giving readers a fuller picture of the severity of the condition and why it is so important for doctors to act properly in order to prevent kids from needlessly suffering from the disorder.

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