Cerebral Palsy Statistics
Cerebral Palsy Statistics Show Scope of Children and Families Affected by This Disease
Look into a crowd of 1,000 children in the U.S., and statistics indicate that at least two of those children will be affected in some way by cerebral palsy,
the term given to a group of disorders that cause brain and muscle disfunction. Almost one in two children afflicted with cerebral palsy will suffer from a
severe case that limits their intelligence or mobility or both. It is the second leading cause of disability in children after autism.
According to United Cerebral Palsy, the main support network for this disorder, between 750,000 and 800,000 children and adults in the U.S. currently
have cerebral palsy symptoms, with approximately 10,000 infants developing CP annually. The cause is rooted in some sort of damage to the brain
causing infection or injury either before, during or after delivery, although many children are not officially diagnosed until they are several years old.
Multiple births such as twins and triplets as well as premature babies with low birth weight rank highest in being susceptible to being affected by
About two-thirds of children with cerebral palsy are not only physically developmentally disabled, but also have some sort of mental impairment. There
are six major symptoms of cerebral palsy: muscle spasms and tightness, seizures, clumsiness in walking and overall mobility, distorted sensation and
perceptions, and impaired hearing, speech or eyesight. Almost one in every three cerebral palsy patients demonstrates seizures. About 50% of both
adults and children with cerebral palsy must use some sort of device to assist them in getting through their day, ranging from walkers and wheelchairs
to leg braces to increase their level of mobility.
There are seven types of cerebral palsy, depending on the severity of the disability and the parts of the brain that have been damaged. Spastic
cerebral palsy, the most common, is characterized by muscles that are rigid and je