Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
How you learn about your child's condition — if your child has cerebral palsy — may depend on how severe the disabilities are, when problems first appear, and whether there were any significant risk factors during the pregnancy or delivery.
It's important to take your child to all regularly scheduled well-baby visits and annual appointments during childhood. These visits are an opportunity for your child's doctor to monitor your child's development in key areas, including:
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Age-appropriate motor skills
- Sensory abilities — vision, hearing and touch
Questions you should be prepared to answer during regular checkups might include the following:
- What concerns do you have about your child's growth or development?
- How well does he or she eat?
- How does your child respond to touch?
- Do you observe any favoring of one side of the body?
- Is your child reaching certain milestones in development, such as rolling over, pushing up, sitting up, crawling, walking or speaking?
Talking to your doctor about cerebral palsy
If your family doctor or pediatrician believes that your child exhibits signs of cerebral palsy, you may want to discuss the following questions:
- What diagnostic tests will we need?
- When will we know the results of the tests?
- What specialists will we need to see?
- How will we screen for disorders commonly associated with cerebral palsy?
- How will you monitor my child's health and development?
- Can you suggest educational materials and local support services regarding cerebral palsy?
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