CEREBRAL PALSY (CP) Group of disorder of movement and posture because of defects and disease of brain, the damage may occur in Uterus during gestation, during birth process, or during the first few years of life. Cerebral Palsy is most common motor disorder in infants and children and is the commonest cause of physical disabilities in childhood.
The word cerebral means having to do with the brain The word palsy means a weakness or problem in the way a person moves or how he positions his body. A Child with CP might have trouble controlling the muscles in his body. Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it. But because CP affects the brain, depending on what part of the brain is affected, a child might not be able to walk, talk, eat, or play the same way most children do.
Classification of Cerebral Palsy:
There are five types of cerebral palsy: spastic, athetoid, ataxic, Hypotonic and mixed (combination of any), and further categorised according to topographic distribution: Quadriplegia, Diplegia and Hemiplegia
Signs and Symptoms:
The most common type of CP is spastic. A kid with spasticity can't relax his muscles or his muscles may be stiff. Athetoid CP affects a kid's ability to control his muscles. This means that the arms or legs that are affected by athetoid CP may flutter and move suddenly. A kid with ataxic CP has problems with balance and coordination. Some kids with CP use wheelchairs and others walk with the help of crutches or braces. In some cases, a kid's speech may be affected or he might not be able to speak at all. To learn more about CP, what causes it, and what living with CP is like, keep reading.
Cerebral palsy is very difficult and challenging to all sciences of healing. Allopathic system has no effective medicine to help except physiotherapy, surgical corrections, Botox or Botulinum Toxins and many psychological aids. But it has helped very little. In cerebral palsy, the motor area of cerebral cortex is damaged along with other areas of brain.
The commonest causes are birth injuries, obstetrical complications, high-grade fevers, and prolonged jaundice at birth, head injury, Chronic Infections to mother and genetically aberrations. So, the doctor's job is to repair the damaged area maximum possible. The exact extent of damage caused is difficult to assess, but CAT scan, MRI, PET, Psychological tests, I.Q. tests, clinical sensory-motor developmental milestones and other tests can give a rough idea about the damage.
The brain development normally completes within 5 years of age. CP child has damaged brain, so it develops very slowly. It is mostly; motor area damaged, so motor mile stone comes alter. Depending upon the severity of damage, the development will occur. Apart from brain damage, the poor management and spasticity adds to orthopedic disabilities. These children have low resistant power, so gets frequent infections of URI (cold, cough and fever), diarrhea, malaria etc.
Now, How homeopathy can help these children?
Homeopathy helps these children in many ways. Firstly, it improves I.Q., which no other system can do. It improves neuromuscular abilities, so motor milestones start appearing faster. It improves in swallowing, neck handling, sitting, standing and walking. It improves in understanding of the child and calculating capacity, schooling capacity.
Secondly, it completely stops recurrent infections. So deterioration of the child stops and regains immunity to fight diseases.
It helps in improving flaccidity, spasticity of limb muscles, squint deglutition. (Hence, food taking) Fortunately, severely damaged children are statistically less. So, most children with mild and moderate damage are the best helped by homeopathy.