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Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that affects movement and posture. It is caused by a problem with the brain that can happen during pregnancy, during labour, or in the first few weeks of life. Children born very prematurely are also at risk of developing cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy can also be caused by an accident causing permanent brain injury in the first two years of life.

Children with cerebral palsy often have other problems like:

Cerebral palsy doesn't get worse but it can't be cured. Types of treatment include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2017.

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