CURE FOR CEREBRAL PALSY
Today, Cerebral palsy can be managed, but not cured. The future holds promise for change.
The search for a cure includes research on:
- Understanding cause and causal pathways
- Preventing brain injury and brain malformation
- Repairing brain cells to restore function to damage areas of the brain
- Intervention measures to thwart brain injury and malformation
Therapy, medications, surgeries, assistive technologies and, with caution, some complementary and alternative interventions are commonly deployed to management cerebral palsy. Not all impairment is profound as some children have very mild impairment requiring very little care, while others may have extensive. Every child’s condition is unique.
PREVENTION OF CEREBRAL PALSY
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, many risk factors exist that can increase the likelihood of a child developing cerebral palsy. The focus of preventing cerebral palsy is in alleviating or minimizing risk. Expectant parents, medical practitioners, researchers and government policy makers play important roles in the quest to reduce the chances of a child developing cerebral palsy.
Planning a family, or learning of pregnancy, can be an exciting time. It is also a crucial time to begin providing for the safety of the child. Ultimately, a couple planning to start a family may wish to consult with their respective physicians for a pre-conception appointment. For those who are already expecting, there are measures that can be taken during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and immediately after birth that can decrease the likelihood of the child developing cerebral palsy. The best way to lessen the threat of risk factors is to be aware of them, and to know what actions should be taken if exposed.
THE ROLE OF PARENTS
THE ROLE OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT
THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY
Need more information on the treatment and therapy options available to those with cerebral palsy?
Request MyChild™ Kit No. 327
The MyChild™ Treatment and Therapy Kit
Need more information on how to organize a care plan to manage your child’s condition?
Request MyChild™ Kit No. 321
The Cerebral Palsy
Care Plan Outline