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Cerebral Palsy in Children Directory

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affect muscle tone and movement. The condition is one of the most common birth defects. It is usually diagnosed by age 3. Children with cerebral palsy have a problem in one or more areas of the brain that control muscle movement. The condition causes too stiff or floppy muscles. It can make it hard to sit up or walk. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include foot dragging, walking on toes, and other problems walking. There are different types of cerebral palsy. Some are associated with mental retardation and speech problems. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how cerebral palsy in children develops, the causes, symptoms, treatment, and much more.

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