Characterized by delayed development during infancy and early childhood, cerebral palsy is a disorder of neural development for which there is no cure. Most cases of cerebral palsy are caused by brain injuries sustained during pregnancy, birth, or in the first few months of infancy. These brain injuries can impair a child’s movement and prevent him/her from crawling, walking, or otherwise moving at the natural rate of other children. Patients with cerebral palsy often clench their teeth leading to damage to their mouth and dental health.
An in-depth pediatric care plan might include nursing home care and parental involvement to help the child deal with his or her limitations. In severe cases, a child with cerebral palsy may need 24-hour care. Nursing home care can provide:
- Oral care, watching for infection, rinsing mouth after every meal
- Maintaining a healthy diet/nutrition plan based on caloric needs specific to the child’s condition
- Applying braces, helping child perform exercises to help with stretching
- Helping with bladder and bowel movements, preventing constipation
- Facilitate communication and movement
Cerebral Palsy Nursing Responsibilities
Cerebral palsy does not get worse over time. As a result, treatment programs are designed to help children with cerebral palsy and their families learn to cope with and deal with the limitations. Nurses who are trained in helping cerebral palsy patients will be especially important in ensuring the child is well cared for. Of course, each child will require different types and levels of care. Treatment plans will be designed to fit the needs of your child from the beginning.
If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may wonder what you should do next. For helpful resources and to find out about different nursing care options, you can contact us to set up a consultation.