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What Are the Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy in Infants?

By Luke Dow on February 28, 2017

Cerebral palsy affects 1 in 323 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which makes it the most common motor disability among kids. The symptoms of cerebral palsy and their severity can vary greatly from one patient to the next. While some patients have near-normal intellectual abilities, others have significant intellectual impairment. In severe cases, cerebral palsy can cause blindness, deafness, and epilepsy.

Many cases of cerebral palsy occur because a doctor acted negligently during the delivery of an infant or while the mother was pregnant. If your child has cerebral palsy and you think it might be related to medical negligence, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is a medical malpractice attorney in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the at-fault doctor or healthcare facility. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to your child’s affliction.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas by visiting

9 Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is often caused by an abnormality or disruption in the development of an infant’s brain during pregnancy. This trauma can affect the child’s ability to control his or her muscles.

During your pregnancy, your doctor should take reasonable measures to help you prevent illnesses and infections that could harm your baby. According to the Mayo Clinic, fetal stroke, disrupted blood flow during birth, and head injuries during delivery can also cause cerebral palsy.

The signs of cerebral palsy are often subtle. You should visit your doctor if you notice one or more of the following symptoms:

Up to 6 Months Old

  1. Your baby feels too stiff or too floppy;
  2. Your baby overextends his or her back and neck, as if pushing away from you when held; or
  3. Your baby’s legs become stiff, cross, or scissor when you pick him or her up.
Older Than 6 Months
  1. Your baby does not roll over in either direction;
  2. Your baby cannot bring his or her hands together;
  3. Your baby has difficulty bringing the hands to the mouth; or
  4. Your baby reaches out with only one hand while keeping the other one closed.
Up to 10 Months Old
  1. Your baby is lopsided while crawling, pushing off with one hand and leg but dragging the opposite limbs; or
  2. Your baby does not crawl on all fours but scoots along on the buttocks or hops on his or her knees.
If you believe that your infant was harmed by the negligence of a doctor or nurse, turn to The Luke Dow Law Firm for legal guidance. Although no amount of compensation can undo the hardship of cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your child’s medical care. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free case evaluation with a birth injury lawyer in Austin.

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