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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy:  Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing and thinking. Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb but they can happen at any time during the first 2-years of life while the baby's brain is still developing.

In some people with cerebral palsy, parts of the brain are injured due to low levels of oxygen in the area. It is not known why this occurs.

It is also not known why premature infants have a slightly higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy may also occur during early infancy as a result of several conditions, including severe jaundice, bleeding in the brain, brain infections such as meningitis, head injury and infections in the mother during pregnancy such as rubella.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy
The symptoms of cerebral palsy normally become apparent during the first three years of a child's life. The main symptoms are:
  •     muscle stiffness or floppiness
  •     muscle weakness
  •     random and uncontrolled body movements
  •     balance and co-ordination problems 
These symptoms can affect different areas of the body and vary in severity from person to person. Some people will only have minor problems, whereas others will be severely disabled.
Many people with cerebral palsy also have a number of associated problems, including repeated seizures or fits, drooling problems and swallowing difficulties. Some people with the condition may have communication and learning difficulties, although intelligence is often unaffected.

No herbal or home remedy can treat this incurable disease. However some herbal treatment can make cerebral palsy sufferers feel better by improving blood circulation and making supply of oxygen to the brain easier. Herbs can be used to nourish the brain and increase mental acuity. They can increase muscle functions and also have other helpful uses in cases of cerebral palsy.

You should see your doctor if you are concerned about your child's development. If necessary, they can refer you to a paediatrician (a doctor who specialises in the treatment of children), who can help identify any problems.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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