According to the National Institute of Health, early signs of cerebral palsy typically appear before the child reaches the age of three. The most obvious sign of cerebral palsy is a developmental delay. Children with cerebral palsy may take longer to reach developmental milestones, including crawling, sitting, talking, smiling and rolling over. Parents may also a notice that their infant’s motor skills are not developing normally.
Children who are born prematurely, have a low birth weight or were part of a multiple birth are more likely to develop cerebral palsy. In addition, difficulties during pregnancy, such as infections, bleeding and fevers, may also signal cerebral palsy in the fetus. Unfortunately, medical negligence can also cause cerebral palsy in an infant.
According to the Centers of Disease Control, early symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:
For children over 2 months:
- Trouble controlling the head when picked up
- Stiff legs that cross when picked up
For children over 6 months:
- Difficulty controlling the head when picked up
- Reaching with one hand while keeping the other hand in a fist
For children over 10 months:
- Inability to sit
- Crawling by pushing with one hand and leg, while dragging the opposite leg and hand
For children over 12 months:
- Inability to crawl
- Inability to stand
For children over 24 months:
- Inability to walk
- Inability to push a toy with wheels
If your child has shown any cerebral palsy signs, speak with your child’s pediatrician immediately. Once your child has been diagnosed, they can begin treatment to live an independent life.
Some cases of cerebral palsy could have been avoided. When a member of the medical team fails to meet a certain medical standard of care, and a birth injury results, the medical professional can be held liable in court. To find out if your qualify for a birth injury lawsuit, fill out our free case review form on the right. A birth injury lawyer will evaluate your claim, at no cost to you, to determine whether you are eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and more.