Spastic Quadriplegia is the most severe form of Spastic Cerebral Palsy. If your child has Spastic Quadriplegia, they are also likely to have mental retardation. With Spastic Quadriplegia, both arms, both legs and the body are affected. Children with Spastic Quadriplegia have difficulty walking and talking, and they often experience seizures.
What Is Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Spastic Cerebral Palsy is the most common form of Cerebral Palsy. Spastic Cerebral Palsy results in muscles that are rigid and function in a jerky motion. If your child has Spastic Cerebral Palsy they will have trouble moving around. There are three types of Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Diplegia, Spastic Hemiplegia, and Spastic Quadriplegia.
What Is An Electroencephalogram Or Eeg
An electroencephalogram, or EEG for short, is a test used by your baby's doctor to see whether your baby is suffering from seizures. Seizures are commonly seen in babies with Cerebral Palsy. During an EEG, special patches called electrodes
are placed on your baby's scalp to record the natural electrical currents inside your baby's brain. This recording can help the doctor see telltale patterns in
the brain's electrical activity that suggest a seizure disorder.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy
Like every organ in the human body, the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to survive. If the brain fails to get enough oxygen, it begins to die. Sometimes during the birthing process an unborn baby will not get enough oxygen. This is called fetal distress. If an unborn baby with fetal distress is not immediately delivered, the lack of oxygen can result in permanent brain damage. This brain damage can result in Cerebral Palsy.
What Treatments Are There For Cerebral Palsy
Although Cerebral Palsy cannot be cured, treatment will often improve your child's capabilities. Treatment for Cerebral Palsy may include physical and occupational therapy; speech therapy; drugs to control seizures; drugs to relax muscle spasms; drugs to alleviate pain; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids, such as computers with attached voice synthesizers.