Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week

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CEREBRAL palsy is caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. The damage to the nervous system results in poor muscle control. Symptoms of cerebral palsy which affects about 300,000 Filipinos, include speech problems, drooling, difficulty in eating, incontinence, learning disabilities, and seizures. The condition is characterized by the inability to fully control motor function, particularly muscle control and coordination. Depending on which areas of the brain have been damaged, one or more of the following may occur: Muscle tightness or spasm, involuntary movement, disturbance in gait and mobility, abnormal sensation and perception, impairment of sight, hearing, or speech, and seizures. Children with cerebral palsy are not be able to walk, talk, eat, or play in the same ways as most other children.

Cerebral palsy is neither progressive nor communicable. Risk factors can be associated with parents as well as the child. Some known factors that can increase the risk of cerebral palsy include: Rh or A-B-O blood type incompatibility between mother and infant, infection of the mother with German measles or other virus in early pregnancy, and an attack by microorganisms on the central nervous system of the infant. …