Last November, Dennis and Kimberly Quaid's newborn twins received about 1,000 times the recommended dose of heparin, a drug used to flush out medication IV lines and prevent blood clotting problems, when they were hospitalized for staph infections at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Shortly after the twins were released from the hospital last year (they are now doing fine), Dennis and Kimberly set up The Quaid Foundation (www.thequaidfoundation.org), dedicated to reducing medical mistakes...
therapy and special equipment may be used together, such as for
constraint-induced movement therapy, also called shaping. This encourages a child to increase movements by presenting interesting activities
or objects and giving praise and rewards when a child attempts to use the
Ongoing treatment for cerebral
palsy (CP) focuses on continuing and adjusting existing treatments and adding
new treatments as needed.
Working with others
involved with your child's care, understanding your child's needs and rights,
and taking care of yourself and other family members are all important parts of treatment. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Physical therapy is an important treatment that begins soon after a child is diagnosed. It often
continues throughout the child's life. It may begin before a
definite diagnosis is made, depending on the child's symptoms.
Physical therapy may help prevent the need for surgery. But its focus may change after surgery or for problems that are new
or getting worse. After surgery, specialized physical therapy may be needed for
6 months or longer.
Devices and equipment
Many people who have CP benefit from using something to
maintain or improve joint mobility, help strengthen muscles and relax
overactive (spastic) muscles, and assist with daily activities. These devices
and equipment may include special crutches, orthotics, casts, standers, special seats, walkers,
wheelchairs, special shoes, and other methods to help with
The specific types of devices used depend on a child's needs. For example, a
child may get a cast after surgery or to restrict movement in one
area to strengthen muscles and tendons in another part of the body. If both legs are affected by CP,
a child can learn to move around with the help of a scooter board (a device used to
self-propel while lying down), a modified stroller, a wheelchair, or other special