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Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy
The symptoms of cerebral palsy normally become apparent during the first three years of a child's life.
Causes of cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling movement. It can occur if the brain is damaged in early life or develops abnormally.
Diagnosing cerebral palsy
See your GP if you are concerned about your child's development. If necessary, they can refer you to a paediatrician.
Treating cerebral palsy
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but a range of treatments are available to help treat many of the symptoms.
Complications of cerebral palsy
Although the problem in the brain that causes cerebral palsy doesn't get worse with age, further physical and emotional problems can develop.
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