Caring For Children With Cerebral PalsyFebruary 22, 2013 | 11:52 pm | General Health Issues | No Comment
The condition can occur before, shortly after or in the middle of birth. Some of the causes for CP include head injury, illness and lack of oxygen. Studies and research has shown that most of the children who suffer from the condition are born with it, but healthcare providers may not be able to diagnose the condition until after a few years.
Cerebral Palsy can also occur from medical malpractice, but in this case, the rights of the victim and their families can be protected through legal measures such as services of a CP lawyer.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy. However, the condition is not progressive, and there are measures which caretakers and parents can take to say positive and ensure children who suffer from CP still live a good and comfortable life.
1. Read with the child
The condition has an effect on the brain, which can lead to control and muscle complications which may delay the child’s understanding of speech. Reading with the child will help to develop speech skills and the brain.
Start out low as young children don’t pay much attention, and increase the time as the child progresses through this experience. With time, he or she will start seeing it as a fun learning experience.
2. Help them to pursue their interest
Help your child to be the best at what he/she is already good at. This will give confidence to your child. Find out the interest; it can be signing, playing guitar, handwriting or even sports. The strength is going to be the auditory of your child.
After discovering the interest, enroll the child in a class that specializes in teaching children about that particular interest. This will help the child become strong and confident despite the condition.
3. Teach them how to exercise
As mentioned above, CP can effect body and muscle reflexes. However, parents can ensure the effect stays to a minimum or even prevent it by teaching children how to exercise.
Exercise will also improve motor functioning and the quality of life. There are several exercises to choose from, ranging from simple outdoor activities such as hide and seek to indoor activities such as stretching and dancing.
By following these tips and making the children perform to the best of their abilities, parents will be able to ensure they live a confident and quality life.
Article By Jennifer Smith
Last updated: April 17, 2014