Parenting: Physician’s Tackle Supporting Youngster with Cerebral Palsy ▷ Kenya Information
- Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by a disorder, lesion, or abnormality in developing or immature brains
- The affected child has difficulty walking or coordinating body movements
- A doctor has described how to support a child with such a disease
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If a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, parents want to do everything possible to lead a quality life.
Dr. Eugene Genga Photo: Yvonne Kawira / TUKO.co.ke.
TUKO.co.ke hired a doctor, Eugene Genga, a rheumatologist, to point out some of the things that can be done to ensure the child lives a comfortable life even after the diagnosis.
Dr. Genga says children and adults with cerebral palsy need long-term care from a medical care team.
“When a child is diagnosed with a disability, the whole family faces new challenges,” he adds.
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How a parent can help a child with cerebral palsy
Dr. Genga also pointed out some ways the family can help a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
- Promote your child’s independence. Encourage any attempt at independence, no matter how small
- Be an advocate for your child. You are an important part of your child’s health team. Don’t be afraid to speak up for your child or ask difficult questions of your doctors, therapists, and teachers.
- Find support. A support circle can make a world of difference in helping you and your family deal with cerebral palsy and its effects. As a parent, you may feel sad and guilty about your child’s disability.
- Your doctor can help you find support groups, organizations, and counseling services in your community. Your child can also benefit from family support programs, school programs, and counseling.
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Earlier this year TUKO.co.ke published a story about how one parent, Rose Angira, took care of her son who was diagnosed with severe brain damage during childbirth.
By the age of four months, Rose’s son, Elly, had not smiled, offered eye contact, had no control over his head, and was suffering from seizures. With that began Rose’s journey to various specialists in search of an answer.
Elly then went to a special school this year and Rose hopes that he will improve mentally, socially and developmentally.
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