What You Need To Know About Cerebral Palsy

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Senator Millicent Amanga has recently visited the Cerebral Palsy unit in Muslime Primary school, and she was not impressed by the condition at the place.
In her Instagram post, she expressed her concern that not even the caregivers nor the parents have information on how to take care of these children and there was no information anywhere that could help them. They just do what they can.

 

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OMANGA CARE AT THE CELEBRAL PALSY UNIT IN MUSLIM PRIMARY. Living with a child with cerebral palsy is quite a task as there is no specific piece of advice that explains on how to raise children with CP. Parents and caregivers are expected to undertake unique responsibilities that might be for the child’s whole lifetime. As we push for more resources to the people with disability, those suffering from celebral palsy tend to be forgotten because most of them can’t speak for themselves. My urge to the government and especially the Ministry of Education is that, they give more attention to this special case in making sure all learning facilities and resources are made available in every public school. We as the society let’s reduce the stigmatisation and support parents who have children with Celebral palsy of which most of them are single mothers and are jobless. I Shared foodstuffs, pampers and spent my whole day at the Celebral palsy unit in Muslim Primary School. It’s a big inspiration seeing this kids play, pushing on and trying to live a normal life. #mamamiradi

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In her post, she urged the government to appropriately execute measures to that will help caregivers and parents take care of children with cerebral palsy. The said; ” My urge to the government and especially the Ministry of Education is that, they give more attention to this special case in making sure all learning facilities and resources are made available in every public school.”
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a problem that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. It hinders the body’s ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way. It also can affect other body functions that involve motor skills and muscles, like breathing, bladder and bowel control, eating, and talking.
It, in most cases, causes brain damage. This happens before or during a baby’s birth, or during the first 3-to-5 years of a child’s life. Brain damage also can lead to other issues, like sight, hearing, and learning problems.
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There are three types of Cerebral Palsy:

  1. spastic cerebral palsy, this causes stiffness and movement difficulties
  2. dyskinetic (athetoid) cerebral palsy, causes uncontrolled movements
  3. ataxic cerebral palsy causes a problem with balance and depth perception

There is no cure for CP, but a child’s quality of life can improve with:

  • treatment that may involve surgery
  • therapy, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
  • special equipment to help kids get around and communicate with others

Cerebral palsy does not get worse over time.

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What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

The cause of CP isn’t always known. But many cases happen when a child’s brain is still developing, such as before birth or in early infancy. This may be due to:

  • infections during pregnancy
  • stroke either in the womb or after birth
  • untreated jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes)
  • genetic disorders
  • medical problems in the mom during pregnancy

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