At What Age Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed?

At What Age Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 9-Aug-2017

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that often results from an injury shortly before or during delivery. This condition can take time to diagnose, as there is no single test for Cerebral Palsy. As a parent of an injured child, you need a diagnosis to get help for you child, and it can be frustrating to wait to find out what may be wrong.

In severe cases of Cerebral Palsy, it is possible that the condition may be diagnosed shortly after birth. For the majority of cases, however, the symptoms may be too subtle to be immediately apparent. It can take up to two years for your child to be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy if their symptoms aren’t as severe.

In mild cases, a diagnosis may not be made until the brain is fully developed between 3 to 5 years of age. Parents are often the first to notice when their child doesn’t reach developmental milestones or have a slow growth-factor. If you are concerned about your child’s development, you should be sure to voice your worries to your child’s doctor. These delays may be a sign of Cerebral Palsy.

Key indicators of Cerebral Palsy include:

  • Delays reaching developmental milestones
  • Below the growth chart standards for height and weight
  • Slow reflexes or uncoordinated movement
  • Inability to focus on or hear caregivers
  • Abnormal posture and movement

To diagnose cerebral palsy, doctors must test muscle tone, posture, coordination, focus, and other factors, which can take time to develop. If your child’s pediatrician suspects Cerebral Palsy, they may order MRIs, cranial ultrasounds, or CT scans to further inform their diagnosis. Even after a diagnosis is made, it is wise to seek a second opinion as well.

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Birth injuries like Cerebral Palsy can be devastating to the entire family, and learning that your child’s condition may be due to medical negligence can cause even more pain. If your child was injured due to negligent medical staff or hospital policies, you deserve compensation. Our Orlando birth injury lawyers can help you understand your legal options and help you navigate the complexities of your medical malpractice claim. Since 1969, The Maher Law Firm has supported families in their most difficult times. Learn how we can help you.

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