Diagnosis of cerebral palsy can often be a lengthy and complex process. It is usually when a baby or child does not meet their developmental milestones that a disability is even considered.
If a baby was very premature, or there were complications during birth, it is likely that the baby’s health will be monitored quite closely and may be on a watch list for cerebral palsy. In these instances, a diagnosis may be reached much faster. Please know that prematurity or delivery complications do not guarantee that a child will have cerebral palsy.