Parents and caregivers are often the first to notice signs of
cerebral palsy in a child. Typically, parents suspect
a problem when their baby does not reach developmental milestones at
Early signs of developmental delays possibly related to cerebral palsy
Lift his or her head up when pulled from a lying flat
position to a sitting position.
By 6 months: Baby does not roll over.
After 6 months: Baby pushes food out of his or her mouth with
the tongue rather than accepting it, as most babies would at this
Baby does not sit without support.
Baby either does not crawl or crawls dragging one side of the
body or both legs.
Before 18 months
Baby always prefers using one hand over the other.
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