Currently, there is not a cure for cerebral palsy. In the mildest cases, children may be able to overcome some of the symptoms by the time they are of school age, but for most, cerebral palsy will be a life long disability.
Cerebral palsy creates life-long challenges and hardships for the patient and for his or her parents who will need to adjust to living with a disabled child. Chances are the child will need a lot more attention and care than most children. In the most severe cases, children with cerebral palsy will need 24 hour care and will not be able to perform many of the daily tasks most of us take for granted. Such tasks may include brushing the teeth, taking a shower on his/her own, eating, getting dressed, and going to the bathroom.
Treating Cerebral Palsy
Although there is not a cure for cerebral palsy, there are ways to help children and their families adapt to the challenges they face. It is important for parents to start the process as early as possible; parents can get help from therapists and other professionals who will be able to design a plan tailored to their child's specific needs.
There are several factors that will determine how your child will be affected by cerebral palsy. The term cerebral palsy is really a broad term (kind of a catch-all) that can be used to describe several movement disorders, so it is important that your child be assessed immediately following a cerebral palsy diagnosis to determine his or her limitations and specific disabilities.
Setting Realistic Goals
It is important to set realistic goals for your child. On the one hand, if you do things for your child and do not allow him or her to do things on his or her own, you will never know what he/she is capable of accomplishing. On the other hand, it is important to not expect too much from your child and treat him/her like a failure if he/she cannot do what you are hoping.
The line is thin. But, in order for a child with cerebral palsy to succeed he/she must be given goals that are reasonable and realistic. Once the goals are set, it is important for you to help your child reach those goals.