What Are the Signs of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

If a child sustains a brain injury at birth, they may develop a serious motor disability known as athetoid cerebral palsy. This disability can drastically affect a child’s ability to control their muscles, often making basic movements, like walking, very difficult, if not impossible. Despite the many different types of cerebral palsy, there are certain signs of athetoid cerebral palsy that distinguish it from others.

How Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Affects a Child’s Development

Athetoid cerebral palsy most notably affects a child’s ability to control their muscles. This type of cerebral palsy may lead to uncontrollable movements, which can worsen when a child becomes stressed or overly excited. In addition to these motor control issues, the following signs may appear:

  • Difficulty balancing or maintaining posture
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems with gripping or reaching for an object
  • Speech disorders, namely affecting vocal control
  • Uncontrollable facial expressions
  • Hearing or vision disabilities
  • Loss of appetite

These complications usually indicate athetoid cerebral palsy and can severely impact a child’s quality of life. However, the complications associated with this type of cerebral palsy can be managed in some cases through physical therapy and other treatment options, although there isn’t a cure for the disability. These treatments can prove expensive, though.

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A birth injury may leave your child in need of significant lifelong medical care, which can put a massive financial burden on your family. Fortunately, the negligent party responsible for causing this injury may owe you financial compensation for their errors. Speak with a lawyer from the Driscoll Firm, about taking legal action discuss. Call (800) 305-9800 to discuss your particular situation.

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