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Posted by Nancy Mitchell on April 28, 2000 at 16:26:09:

In Reply to: Re: Botox Injections posted by Robin on April 24, 2000 at 11:37:59:

: :I am an OT working with lots of kids who have had botox. Botox relaxes the muscles but will not take away a contracture. Many kids have benefitted from a combination of Botox and splinting as well as range of motion. A range of motion program is always critical with a person with CP/quad. Splints should be used if range of motion is not normal. The good news about Botox is the results are temporary so if you don't like the results they will not stay (also the bad news if you like the results). Many of the kids at our center have gotten Baclofen pumps with very good results. BE SURE TO GO TO A PHYSIATRIST THAT SPECIALIZES IN KIDS WITH CP. Hope this helps!
I am considering botox injections for my 8 yr old daughter who has spastic quadraplegia, for her arms to help with dressing her. The doctor says she will give her the treatment but that it won't work! I would like to hear from people that have had both positive and negative experiences of this treatment.
: : Thanks.

: My dayghter had botox injections in each of her hamstrings when she was 4. They worked great! The doctor told me that she would probably have to have them repeated every 6 months, but to this day, she is 7, she has never had any more injections. I would stay on your doctor about it.And check out all your options. This treatment may not be for your child.

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