Cerebral Palsy | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of CP?

The symptoms of CP usually do not get worse over time. Symptoms may include:

  • Stiff muscles or muscles that are too floppy
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty walking (for example, one foot or leg may drag)
  • Difficulty with fine motor control (for example, difficulty with writing or buttoning a shirt)
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing or eating
  • Excessive drooling
  • Seizures

Children who have CP sometimes have other health problems. These can include problems with vision, problems with hearing or developmental delays.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 07/06