I’ve noticed lately that people have been coming to this blog using the search engine tag “children with cerebral palsy” or something to that effect. I thought it would be good to create a page here for those people so that you can easily find out information about cerebral palsy as well as how it affects my son.

But first a little disclaimer… I am attempting to put what I have learned about cerebral palsy over the years into laymen’s terms but please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, a nurse, or a trained professional who deals with cerebral palsy. I’m simply a mother wanting to educate others about her son’s condition. For more information on cerebral palsy, please see the “CP Links” section at the bottom of this page.

What is Cerebral Palsy?
(I will refer to Cerebral Palsy as CP from now on.)
CP is a condition caused by injury to the brain resulting in loss of oxygen right before, during, or after birth. More and more often, CP is being linked to negligence on the medical professional’s part. It can often be very common in premature babies as well.

What are the effects of CP? 
CP affects each person differently. It can affect their speech, motor control, ability to walk, and the ability to do everyday things – even eating! It can affect their whole body or it can affect just certain aspects of their functioning.

How many children have CP?
According to UCP, about 8,000 babies/children are diagnosed with CP each year.

Does the condition get worse over time?
No! CP is considered a “static” condition – meaning it does not get worse. With therapy and hard work, people with CP can overcome their obstacles.

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