8 Factors That Affect Life Span | Cerebral Palsy
Predicting how life span is altered by a medical condition is nearly impossible, although it is of great concern to parents. Doctors often aren’t able to immediately diagnose Cerebral Palsy in newborns, and even when they can, it typically takes months to years to accurately assess the level and extent of impairment a child will experience.
For an accurate estimation, primary care physicians wait for the brain to fully develop, observe the child over time and gauge key developmental milestones.
Therapy, treatment, and technology continue to advance in ways that minimize effects of impairment, while worldwide and national policy initiatives focus on ensuring barrier-free, accessible environments in home, school, transportation, recreation, government, and public space.
Although it may be difficult to determine a prognosis for a child with Cerebral Palsy, setting goals in cooperation with the child’s doctors and learning to properly manage impairment, associated conditions, and co-mitigating factors can improve outcomes.