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Monitoring your child's condition

Monitoring your child's condition

Your child should be offered regular check-ups to see:

  • how they are responding to treatment

  • whether the spasticity is getting worse

  • whether they have problems such as pain or contractures caused by spasticity

  • whether their goals are still valid or need to be changed.

Some children may be at risk of hip displacement. Hip displacement means that one or both hip joints become partially or completely dislocated. This tends to occur gradually, so the healthcare team will check for signs of hip displacement. If they have concerns, your child should be offered a hip X-ray. If your child has cerebral palsy on both sides of the body (known as bilateral cerebral palsy) they should have a hip X-ray when they are 2 years old. Depending on the results of the X-ray your child may be offered a repeat X-ray after 6 months, annually or every 6 months to monitor their hips.

When the time comes, the healthcare team will help you and your child prepare for your child's transfer to adult services.

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