Pediatric cerebral palsy means a diagnosis of cerebral palsy in babies and children. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Pediatric cerebral palsy is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice.
Possible symptoms of pediatric cerebral palsy include:
- Feeding and/or breathing problems
- Muscle tightness or spasticity
- Muscle weakness
If you think your baby might have symptoms of pediatric cerebral palsy, consider the following:
- Seizures may be overt, such as classic “trembling” or “jerking” or subtle, like “staring seizures.”
- There can be lots of reasons for an irritable infant, but sometimes a sign of a brain injury is a particularly high-pitched cry immediately following delivery.
- Breathing issues may or may not be present at the time of birth sometimes requiring oxygen, CPR or even a tube to help them breathe. Breathing issues can sometimes be evaluated as a “singing” sound heard with each breath. Breathing issues are also noted when the baby is breathing too fast or is “holding the breath.” Feeding issues can be assessed by a poor suck or latch as well as poor weight gain. Sometimes children are labeled “failure to thrive” and a feeding tube may be necessary.
- Lethargy is concerning when it is a change in behavior for your baby.
- Example of muscle tightness in infants include: a “balled” fist or rigid legs.
- Examples of muscle weakness in infants include: a “floppy” appearance or inability to support head and neck.
Unfortunately, kids with cerebral palsy can’t be cured of their condition, but there are treatment options available. Living with cerebral palsy today is in some ways easier than it was just a few decades ago. Kids with pediatric cerebral palsy have better treatment options, more advanced therapies and better adaptive equipment such as cerebral palsy wheelchairs that were simply not available before.
Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Legal Options
If you think that your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical negligence or improper medical care, consider contacting Sokolove Law to explore your legal options. Pediatric cerebral palsy can require expensive treatments for a lifetime. A monetary settlement can help to lessen this financial burden. Also, your legal action could help prevent future birth injuries from happening to other children.
Even if your baby has not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy but you suspect a birth injury, call today. Sokolove Law has registered nurse case managers available to speak with you and help you explore your options, which may include a birth injury lawsuit. The consultation is free and carries no obligation. Call us today.