Often, cerebral palsy happens because of issues while a child is being born that limit the amount of oxygen that the child gets. The lack of oxygen can then cause brain damage. Of course, many parents will not see the full impact of cerebral palsy right away, so it is something you may want to look out for as your child grows.
In the most basic sense, cerebral palsy is going to impact a child's motor functions and posture. A child who is too young to sit up or move correctly anyway could have cerebral palsy without the signs being obvious.
One thing that parents want to keep an eye on is when the child does things like learning how to roll over, learning how to crawl and learning how to take his or her first steps. There can be some variance here, as all children learn at slightly different times, but significant delays can mean that the child has cerebral palsy. Because of the disorder, it cannot develop like other children, at the same rate.
In many cases, cerebral palsy is going to be limited to a specific part of the body. For example, a child's right side may be fine, but the left side may not move as easily.
In the most severe situations, the entire body can be affected. The child could also end up having hearing issues, seizures and even brain damage. Cerebral palsy can impact lifespan significantly, causing a child to pass away prematurely.
If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy because of something that happened during birth, some instance of negligence or medical malpractice, you must know what rights you may have to financial compensation in Illinois. This is especially true if the condition has led to a premature, wrongful death.
Source: Livestrong, "Effects of Cerebral Palsy on a Child's Development" Peter M. Vishton, accessed Mar. 24, 2015