Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition that affects movement and muscle coordination. The signs and symptoms of CP can vary widely depending on the severity of the condition, but here are three early signs that may be indicative of cerebral palsy:
- Delayed motor development: Infants with cerebral palsy may exhibit delays in achieving developmental milestones, such as rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking. For example, they may not be able to sit up without support by six months, or walk without support by 18 months.
- Abnormal muscle tone: Children with cerebral palsy may have problems with muscle tone, such as being too stiff or too floppy. This can affect their ability to control their movements, leading to problems with reaching, grasping, and other fine motor skills.
- Unusual posture or movement patterns: Children with cerebral palsy may exhibit abnormal postures or movement patterns, such as scissoring of the legs, stiff or jerky movements, or asymmetrical use of their limbs. These may be more noticeable during activities that require coordination, such as crawling or walking.
It’s important to note that these early signs are not definitive indicators of cerebral palsy, and other conditions can cause similar symptoms. If you have concerns about your child’s development or movement, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.