Evaluating and monitoring cerebral palsy

images (10)After CP is diagnosed, a child will also be checked for other medical conditions that can occur with cerebral palsy, such as:

Other developmental delays in addition to ones already found. Developmental abilities will be checked to find out if new symptoms, such as speech and language delay, appear as a child’s nervous system matures.
Intellectual disability. This can be checked by intelligence testing.
Seizures. An electroencephalography (EEG) is used to check for abnormal activity in the brain if a child has a history of seizures.
Problems with feeding and swallowing.
Vision or hearing problems.
Behavioral problems.
Most of the time, a doctor can predict many of the long-term physical effects of CP when a child is 1 to 3 years old. But sometimes such predictions aren’t possible until a child reaches school age. That’s when learning, communication skills, and other abilities can be checked.

Some children need repeated testing that may include:

X-rays, to check for loose or dislocated hips. Children with CP are usually X-rayed several times during ages 2 to 5. Spinal X-rays also are done to look for curves in the child’s spine (scoliosis).
Gait analysis. This helps identify problems and guide treatment decisions.
Other tests may be needed, depending on a child’s symptoms, other conditions, or medicines he or she takes.

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