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    Cerebral Palsy: Early Signs

    Cerebral Palsy: Early Signs

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    Parents and caregivers are often the first to notice signs of cerebral palsy in a child. Typically, parents suspect a problem when their baby does not reach developmental milestones at predictable times.

    Early signs of developmental delays possibly related to cerebral palsy
    Age Developmental delay

    3 months

    Baby does not:

    • Turn to a sudden noise or familiar voice.
    • Follow objects with his or her eyes.
    • Smile or show other facial expressions.

    5 months

    Baby does not:

    • Hold his or her head straight.
    • Lift his or her head up when pulled from a lying flat position to a sitting position.

    6 months

    By 6 months: Baby does not roll over.

    After 6 months: Baby pushes food out of his or her mouth with the tongue rather than accepting it, as most babies would at this age.

    8 months

    Baby does not sit without support.

    12 months

    Baby either does not crawl or crawls dragging one side of the body or both legs.

    Before 18 months

    Baby always prefers using one hand over the other.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
    Last Revised September 20, 2012

    Last Revised: September 20, 2012

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