One of the less known indications of Hyperbaric Medicine is its application in children with cerebral palsy.
This is a general term that describes a series of neurological disorders that present children who have suffered fetal distress in childbirth, as a result of which your brain remains a time with oxygen deficit that will be responsible for this disease. It is what is called anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.
The manifestations presented by these children are diverse and of different intensity, depending on the affected brain area, ranging from problems of hearing or vision, motor and postural alterations and cognitive and thinking deficits, generally associated with a maturational delay.
The classic treatment of these children has included physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and medication of different nature.
Hyperbaric oxygen is an excellent therapeutic measure. It has been shown that the damaged areas of these children are in a state of metabolic gloom, that is, their neurons are inactive but alive, it is a potentially recoverable tissue.
In the same way we work in children with autism, which is a group of clinical situations in which these children limit their mental activity, making it difficult for them to socially interrelate, in addition to presenting a delay in the development of their cognitive functions. The treatment of these children with OHB has shown a considerable improvement in them, which is verified every day by their parents and social environment.
Since the beginning of our care activity, our team, very sensitive to these patients and their families, has specialized in neurological hyperbaric oxygen therapy. At this moment we are a reference center in the treatment of these pathologies with OHB. We are currently dealing with a considerable number of children from different European countries who come to our center. In fact being exclusive in this therapy makes us have an important demand, so we must study each case before citing them in consultation, for which the family sends us the clinical history, from which our medical service studies the particular case and maintains contacts via mail with the family before deciding the suitability of the treatment in that particular patient. Once it is estimated that the child can be treated by us, he or she is called in for consultation and, if necessary, the treatment is scheduled.