According to the latest report published by the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, more than 33 thousand people are suffering from this ailment in India. Cerebral palsy is a disease which damages the capacity of hearing, speaking, walking, and learning in children, and leads to loss of life in young ages. In our country, 13 out of every 14 cases of cerebral palsy develop during pregnancy or within the first month after the birth of the child.
From the day of fertilization till a child’s birth, the mother and the baby evolve together, sleep and eat together. This is also the period when the woman goes through various types of stress and pain, and many symptoms during pregnancy are such, which can adversely affect the brain of the developing foetus, and with time, can lead to the development of cerebral palsy in the child. In order to spread awareness among people about the disease, like every year, Cerebral Palsy Day was celebrated on 6th October this year as well.
Complete treatment of cerebral palsy is not possible with medication. Physiotherapy is the only way to reduce the effects of the same. Cerebral palsy is an ailment related to the muscular system which affects the physical balance of the person and also, creates obstacles in brain development. Therefore, this disease is classified as a disability. Major symptoms of this ailment are slow physical development, inability to handle the neck, not being able to learn to sit at the right time, drooling, delay in speaking or not being able to speak properly.