How to Diagnose Cerebral Palsy

There are some early warning signs of cerebral palsy, but it can be difficult to diagnose cerebral palsy if the child's symptoms are mild and not noticeable.

Some cerebral palsy risk factors during delivery include, but are not limited to:

  • Born breech
  • Complicated delivery
  • Vascular / Respiratory problems
  • Low Apgar score - unusual heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin color within minutes of birth.

These risk factors are early indicators recognized by doctors that could be signs of possible cerebral palsy. Research has linked many cases of premature births and low birth weight to cerebral palsy.

Early common cerebral palsy symptoms are usually noticeable by 18 months. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Delayed Development
  • Abnormal Muscle Tone
  • Abnormal/Spastic Movement
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Speech/Hearing/Vision Problems
  • Seizures

If your child demonstrates any of these symptoms of cerebral palsy, he or she may have cerebral palsy or another birth injury. Contact 1-800-CP-NEEDS for medical and legal help.