Cerebral Palsy Symptoms: Crawling Difficulty
Crawling is an important marker of a child’s development. It generally starts a child’s overall mobility process. Difficulty crawling, however, is a potential sign of cerebral palsy. When assessing their own child’s development, parents may be uncertain what to look for.
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Assessing The Signs Of Crawling Difficulty
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a list of behaviours that indicate an infant’s mobility is being affected. These behaviours include:
- A child over the age of 2 months having difficulty controlling his or her head when picked up
- A child over the age of 6 months reaching with only one hand whilst keeping the other in a fist
- A child over the age of 10 months may crawl by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg
- A child over the age of 12 months may not crawl at all
Any of these signs can lead to an eventual diagnosis of cerebral palsy. As these elements of crawling difficulty and movement limitations begin to manifest in very early childhood and within the first year of a child’s life, parents may worry about how these physical symptoms will affect their child over time. Most children with cerebral palsy are diagnosed by the time they reach the age of 3. By then, their parents already have an idea of how the life of a child with cerebral palsy will present unique challenges and will require specialized intervention and care.