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Posted by Lori on April 06, 2000 at 13:50:11:

In Reply to: signs of cerebral palsy in babies posted by stacey on April 06, 2000 at 08:44:48:

: Hi, I am a 28 yr old mom who has a 4 month old daughter, Ashleigh. When shes in her bouncy seat her legs are always moving!! Her arms move alot too. I mentioned to her doctor a few days ago that she feels awfully tight (her muscles). Even when the nurse went to measure her she said "jeez is this baby strong, i can't even staraighten out her leg" When I did mention the tightness in her legs to the doc he went through a series of pulling her legs apart, pushing them up, pulling them down etc...and he did the same with her arms. He told me she feels a little tight but nothing to worry about. But before he even did the series of tests he mentioned cerebral palsy. After he did the tests he told me not to worry but of course I can't stop thinking that maybe she does have it. What are the signs of CP and can you tell in a baby this young?? if anyone could e-mail me to help put my mind at ease that would be great! Thanks alot

: Stacey
Hi Stacey,
I am certainly not a doctor, but I am a mother of a child that was diagnosed fairly early with cp. My daughter was 9 months old when the doctors just casually mentioned the word cp.She was officially diagnosed at 15 months. Most physicains wont diagnos a child your daughters age. Children make all kinds of developmental changes the first year of life. Was your pregnancy and delivery normal? IF so, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, if you did have complications with the pregnancy and birth you should consult a neurologist or a pediatric physiatrist(rehab doctor). Early intervention is key with cp. The earlier you seek help for your child the better the outcome for your child. If you still feel uneasy with your doctors thought of cp, I encourage you to seek services through your local "first steps" program in the county you live in. This is a free service to anyone who would like to have their child screened for developmental delays. IF your child does have delays in any of the 4 areas(gross motor,fine motor,speech,or cognitve) they will provide services to the child. This is not income based,just need based. Or, if you would like to know more about cp there is a great book that I read when the word cp came out of my doctors mouth called "Children with Cerebral Palsy, A Parents Guide" Written by Elaine Geralis. It is a wonderfull book to read if your wondering more about if your child has this diagnosis.
Good Luck, feel free to email. Just remember that as her mother you should go on your gut instincts. I'm sure my child wouldnt be where she is today if I had not pushed the issue with other doctors and therapists.
Sincerely,
Lori

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