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Cerebral Palsy: Safety Tips - Topic Overview

People with cerebral palsy are prone to falls and other accidents, especially if they are affected by seizures. Following are some ways to improve safety and avoid injuries. For more information on safety for people who have seizures, see the topic Epilepsy.

Tips for working with children

  • Supervise activities involving the use of sharp objects, such as knives.
  • Have your child wear a protective helmet if he or she frequently falls or has seizures.
  • Check your child's shoes often to make sure they fit properly, give good support, and are in good condition. Shoes with soles that grip, such as those made of rubber, are safer than smooth-soled shoes.

Household safety tips

  • Pad sharp corners on furniture and countertops. Smooth out any rough surfaces under kitchen and bathroom countertops and keep surfaces cleared.
  • Use protective devices, such as side rails on beds and straps or seat belts in chairs. Install handrails in the bathroom around the toilet and in the shower.
  • Use sturdy, heavy furniture that cannot be easily overturned.
  • Keep walkways clear of clutter and other objects, such as throw rugs, that can cause falls, and do not polish floors.
  • Keep objects that are frequently used within easy reach.
  • Don't let electrical cords hang low or lie on the floor.
  • Use skid-proof mats on floors and skid-proof placemats under bowls and plates.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 20, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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