Child Cerebral Palsy Prognosis
Is There a Cerebral Palsy Cure?

There is no known child cerebral palsy cure. The initial prognosis of cerebral palsy can be grim.

History shows the life expectancy of cerebral palsy children is not long. Premature aging of a cerebral palsy child is a concern to parents and siblings.

When dealing with child cerebral palsy, early intervention can effectively improve chances of living a happy, joyful life. Early intervention of cerebral palsy greatly improves the chance children have of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them. This is critically important.

However, even if you have an older child with cerebral palsy, there is still hope. You can still help your child get better with proper parent-driven therapies focused on treating the child's brain injury and related problems. But, the sooner you start the better.

Monetarily, cerebral palsy ranks among the most costly congenital conditions in the world to manage effectively. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average lifetime cost for one person with cerebral palsy is estimated to be $921,000 over and above those experienced by a person without this disability. This figure does not include outpatient care, emergency room visits, residential care, etc. The actual amount is therefore even higher.

Complications arising in child cerebral palsy include difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, dental problems, seizures, abnormal sensation or perception, incontinence, malnutrition, recurrent lung infections, and progressive lung disease. The individuals most at risk for these problems are those with spastic quadriplegia.

But, if the brain is treated effectively, many of these problems can be avoided, or at least minimized.

Our son has spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy , the most severe type of cerebral palsy .

Yet, he is now incredibly healthy. His recent visits to the pediatrician are only for his yearly checkup. He is healthier (fewer infections, sicknesses) than most children his age.

We feel very good about our son's prognosis, especially compared to the one given to us by the medical community when he was first diagnosed.

We have learned much in the years that we have been working to make our son better.

All you can do as a parent of a child with cerebral palsy is to do your best to help him or her.

Start as young as possible and use the most effective therapies that treat the brain injuries, not just the symptoms.

There is hope for your child's future.

To learn more about Cerebral Palsy, please investigate the following links:

Click here for the Cerebral Palsy Guide

Click here for Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Click here for Cerebral Palsy Causes

Click here for Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

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