Did you know that September 16th through the 22nd is Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week? Now you do! Here are a few quick facts to know about Cerebral Palsy:
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term referring to a group of disorders that affect a child’s ability to move and maintain posture and balance. For more information, click here.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage in the brain affecting muscle control and motor skills. It can come from a brain injury or developmental problem, which can happen before, during, or after birth. For more information, click here.
What Treatments Are Available for Cerebral Palsy?
In many cases, a child with cerebral palsy may undergo a wide range of specialized treatments to help manage and minimize the unique symptoms he or she is experiencing. The most common treatments include:
- Mechanical devices
- Physical therapy
- Assistive technology
- Speech-language pathology
- Occupational therapy
What Famous People Do You Know with Cerebral Palsy?
- Josh Blue, Comedian
- Abbey Nicole Curran, Pageant Winner and Founder
- Bonner Paddock, Athlete and Advocate
- Dan Keplinger, Artist and Speaker
- Geri Jewell, Comedian, Actress, Author, and Speaker
- Christy Brown, Painter, Poet, and Author
- RJ Mitte, Actor, Producer, Model, and Activist
- Jhamak Ghimire, Writer
- Maysoon Zayid, Comedian and Activist
What Should You Do If You Need Help?
Although there are different causes for birth injuries, one of the most dangerous and preventable causes is negligent healthcare. When mistakes are made during the labor and delivery process, those mistakes expose the baby to risks like HIE.
If you think your child may have suffered from lack of oxygen, or if your newborn child has been diagnosed with HIE, then your child may be a victim of a birth injury that was preventable. To learn and to best protect your baby, it’s important to act quickly and get help now. Use the live chat button and find out how we can help you.