Our center has a professional specialized in the treatment of infantile cerebral palsy thanks to hyperbaric medicine. Due to this, today we wanted to talk a little more in depth about the symptoms, causes and treatments indicated in children suffering from this pathology.
Definition of Childhood Cerebral Palsy
Pediatrician José Galbe Sánchez-Ventura, in his article for the Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics, defines this disease as..:
Infantile cerebral palsy (PCI) is a disorder of the muscular tone of posture or movement that occurs in a developing brain and by a cause that does not act permanently or progressively […] It is properly a syndrome. That is to say, it is a set of disorders or alterations that can be due to many causes.
Causes of cerebral palsy in children
Usually this syndrome occurs before birth, ie prenatal, although in many cases it is unknown exactly why it occurs.
The most common causes of cerebral palsy in children are due to:
- Lack of oxygen in the brain during childbirth.
- Neonatal infections, which cause inflammation of the brain.
- Traumatic Brain Injury to the Baby
- Maternal Infections
- Genetic mutations
Symptoms of Infantile Cerebral Palsy
In addition to the problems of movement and coordination related to this pathology, there are other signs that may indicate that the minor suffers cerebral palsy. It is very important to also take into account the age of the child, as the symptoms may vary.
Babies less than 6 months old
- Your body is usually stiff or, conversely, very flabby.
- When he lifts them up, he hangs their heads backwards. In addition, their legs are crossed and stiffened-
- By holding the baby in cradled arms, they try to stretch the back and neck excessively, as if they were constantly trying to move away.
Babies between 6 and 10 months old
- If left on a surface, they don’t roll.
- They have difficulty putting their hands together or putting them in their mouths.
- They stretch out one hand to grab things and hold the other grip.
Babies over 10 months old
- When crawling, they do so with only one leg and only one arm, dragging the opposite extremities.
- They tend to jump around because they can’t crawl.
- It’s hard for them to stand stiff.
Treatment for infantile cerebral palsy
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, our centre specialises in the treatment of children suffering from this pathology and is an international reference in Child Neurological Damage.
Benefits such as hyperbaric medicine (HBO) are currently proven:
HBO has been used in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. It is based on the fact that the administration of small amounts of oxygen may help to wake up. of myelin-producing cells of the nervous system and protectors of nerve fibers. It is believed that if these brain areas receive large amounts of oxygen, they may become functional, which would improve spasticity and other symptoms related to cerebral palsy.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Pediatrics. J.M. García-Cubillana de la Cruz, A. Martínez Izquierdo, F. Samalea Pérez, E. Salas Pardo, J. Martínez Infante. Pediatrics Service; Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Service. Hospital General de la Defensa San Carlos. San Fernando (Cádiz)
We remind you that the first medical consultation is free, where our doctor will evaluate the child’s case and determine in what and how hyperbaric medicine can help.