Early sign of cerebral palsy are usually noticeable when the child reaches at the age of three. It is at this stage parents realize that their child is not developing the normal baby’s motor skills. Generally the symptoms of cerebral palsy in infants are known when they delay in developing viz. roll on, sit, crawl, smile, laugh or walk. Another sign of cerebral palsy seen in some of the infants is abnormal muscle tone which may either be hypotonia (relaxed) or hypertonia (rigid). The signs of cerebral palsy also include the unusual posture in infants that means the infants sits or walks leaned more on any one side.

National Institutes of Health says that Apgar score at 10 to 20 minutes after delivery can also be one of the signs of cerebral palsy. But Apgar score may also indicate other problems therefore it is not a good indicator. Cerebral palsy usually develops in the children who have low birth weights i.e. less than 5.5 pounds at birth, premature birth which can be less than 37 weeks into pregnancy, or if they are one among twins, triplets etc. However the greatest risk of cerebral palsy is involved in an infant who has pre-term birth i.e. birth before 32 weeks gestation. But take a deep sigh of relief and just relax, the ratio of pre mature birth is just 10 percent of which just 10 percent of the infants will have brain damage thus resulting in cerebral palsy or some other brain abnormality.

There are also the people who believe that the baby might have injured in the birthing process due to some reason, asphyxia (Meconium etc) could be one. A smaller poor sucking reflux is another early sign of brain injury. An infant with a brain injury is generally than other children of his/her age. An unusually sleepy infant, or doesn’t smile, or cries with incessant high pitch or who wakes up with some sort of difficulty may be feeds is also an early sign of cerebral palsy.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) early signs of cerebral palsy based on age are following. A two months child may face difficulty controlling head on picking him up and stiff legs which can be even cross. A 6 months child may continue to have difficulty controlling head when picked up, reach with just one hand while keeping the other one in a fist. A 10 months old child may crawl using one hand and leg while dragging the other in opposite or may not be able to sit on his/her own.
A 12 month old child may not crawl or may be unable to stand with support. A year old child may be unable to walk and may be unable to push toys using wheels. If one or more of these symptoms are present in your baby immediately consult a doctor.

Well these early signs will help you out in early diagnosis since most of the parents notice the symptoms in their child at the age of not less than three. This will surely help you in proper diagnosis thus starting the treatment for the abnormality in the early stage itself.

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