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Dr. A. K. Purohit
Suspicion of Cerebral Palsy
Any child who has developmental delay in motor functions – Which means the motor milestones develop later than the expected age. The suspicion should be higher if the child has had insult to brain say during perinatal period. Such babies are considered high risk babies, which means they have a higher chance of developing cerebral palsy in comparison to the babies who had no perinatal problem.

Following steps should be taken as soon as delayed motor development is suspected or a child who has sustained insult to brain. Make it a point of consulting a pediatrician during each vaccination day. Request him to see whether the child has cerebral palsy. Remember, the specialists can diagnose Cerebral Palsy even before developmental delay is observed. Therefore all the high risk babies must be shown regularly to specialists.