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Can a Child Grow Out of Cerebral Palsy?

No, a child cannot grow out of Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive but permanent group of disorders. However, the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy may change as a child grows up. Additionally, many symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can be treated.

The information in this post was compiled from government, educational non-profit, and medical expert sources.

To learn more about how Cerebral Palsy impacts children as they grow up, keep reading.

Cerebral Palsy Is a Permanent Condition

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a non-progressive, permanent group of muscle and movement disorders. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for CP.

The good news, however, is that it is non-progressive, which means that it does not get worse over time. And, although CP cannot be cured, there are many great treatment strategies that can help address the symptoms of CP.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are four kinds of CP:

  1. Spastic CP
  2. Dyskinetic CP (including athetoid, choreoathetoid, and dystonic CP)
  3. Ataxic CP
  4. Mixed CP

Symptoms of Spastic CP typically include stiff and rigid muscles that make movements awwkward and difficult. These symptoms can include arms and legs that are stiff and difficult to use, and in severe cases, difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, and seizures. 

Dyskinetic CP (also known as athetoid, choreoathetoid, and dystonic CP) is characterized by trouble with coordinating movement. Dyskinetic can affect the hands, arm, feet, legs. People who have Dyskinetic CP may struggle with sitting and walking, and may exhibit rapid or jerky movement.

Ataxic CP often shows symptoms that include balance and coordination difficulties and or trouble with fine motor control. Activities like sports or handwriting may be difficult for children with Ataxic CP.

Mixed CP can be any combination of Spastic, Dyskinetic, and Ataxic CP and can show a wide variety of symptoms.

The type and severity of CP that a child has influences the symptoms the child will experience as he or she goes up.

Can a Child Grow Out of Cerebral Palsy?

No, because Cerebral Palsy is a permanent condition with no known cure, a child will not outgrow Cerebral Palsy. This means that no matter what the symptoms are, the underlying cause of the symptoms will never go away.

That said, treatment is a great way to address the symptoms of CP. 

Between medicine, surgery, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health support, educational support, and so on, treatment can help children with CP and the families of children with CP better cope with and overcome the symptoms of CP. 

(For more reading, our section on treatment has more information on potential treatment strategies.)

As a child grows up, how he or she experiences the symptoms of CP will naturally change. It’s important to reflect on the progress you’ve made, set reasonable and attainable goals, and remain positive. 

Additionally, to the extent that it is possible, creating space for a child to have agency and be active in their health and treatment plan can be a positive experience–both for the child and for the family. Studies show that people who have an active role in their health and wellness tend to do better, and Cerebral Palsy is no exception. 

No, because Cerebral Palsy is a permanent condition with no known cure, a child will not outgrow Cerebral Palsy.

This means that no matter what the symptoms are, the underlying cause of the symptoms will never go away.

That said, treatment is a great way to address the symptoms of CP. 

Between medicine, surgery, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health support, educational support, and so on, treatment can help children with CP and the families of children with CP better cope with and overcome the symptoms of CP. 

(For more reading, our section on treatment has more information on potential treatment strategies.)

As a child grows up, how he or she experiences the symptoms of CP will naturally change. It’s important to reflect on the progress you’ve made, set reasonable and attainable goals, and remain positive. 

Additionally, to the extent that it is possible, creating space for a child to have agency and be active in their health and treatment plan can be a positive experience–both for the child and for the family. Studies show that people who have an active role in their health and wellness tend to do better, and Cerebral Palsy is no exception. 

Sources

Cerebral palsy – Symptoms and causes. (2020). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 25 February 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cerebral-palsy/symptoms-causes/syc-20353999

What is Cerebral Palsy? | CDC. (2018). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 25 February 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html

Do children grow out of cerebral palsy? | Cerebral Palsy. (2020). Sharecare. Retrieved 25 February 2020, from https://www.sharecare.com/health/cerebral-palsy/children-grow-out-cerebral-palsy

Contact a Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury Attorney

Getting help for a child with a birth injury can make a big difference. Early intervention and early treatment is often key to helping improve a child’s wellbeing. You must act quickly.

If you have questions about whether your child’s birth injury was caused by a preventable medical error, then our attorneys at Brown Trial Firm may be able to help.

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If you would like help investigating your child’s birth injury, please contact us. Our birth injury attorneys will be happy to give you a free case evaluation. We can also point you to great non-legal resources that can help you figure out your next steps.

Many birth injuries that cause cerebral palsy could have been prevented. Don’t wait, get help today. Call +1 (866) 223-7465, email us at [email protected], or use the live chat button for 24/7 assistance.

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