Some of the most devastating birth injuries involve brain damage, and Cerebral Palsy is no exception. But if you are a new parent, it can be difficult to know what to do if you suspect that your baby could have Cerebral Palsy. Here are some of the steps involved in screening for and diagnosing Cerebral Palsy.
Developmental surveillance is a method where a doctor monitors and tracks the progress of a baby across their early stages of life. The purpose of this is to create an open dialogue between the doctor and parents about any developmental concerns. If you aren’t sure whether your baby is reaching certain milestones by the right time, such as walking, you can talk to your doctor about keeping an eye on whether certain issues manifest.
One of the most important steps to diagnosing Cerebral Palsy is developmental screening. Screening usually consists of one or more tests and questionnaires as well as interviews with the parents. A doctor will probably advise that your child undergo screening at each phase of their growth. This means that your child may repeat the screening process at nine months, eighteen months, twenty-four months, and so on. Thorough screening is important for detecting Cerebral Palsy early because growth looks different for every child. If your child is falling behind in one respect, that might not necessarily mean they have an issue, but it is better to do what you can to make sure.
When it comes to a formal diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, it’s time to consult a specialist. You could take your child to see someone like a child neurologist, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, or pediatric physiatrist, to name a few. The specialist will investigate how the child moves and different factors, for example, posture, reflexes, and muscle tone. This assessment is significant in light of the fact that it does not just assist with precluding different conditions that may have comparative signs, yet it likewise finds the seriousness and sort of cerebral palsy.
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