Medication and Birth Injuries

Using Anticonvulsants

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) may experience seizures. Using anticonvulsants can help to suppress the brain stimulation that causes a seizure. In some cases, doctors have also prescribed this for those who suffer from mood disorders.  Each child responds to medication differently, therefore, your child’s healthcare provider may need to try out different medications in order to find the right fit for your child.

Medication for Cerebral Palsy

In some cases of CP, the child will only require occupational or physical therapy. For others, medication can go a long way in helping them live with less pain and other symptoms.  Some of the best available forms of treatment aside from medication for CP include:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language therapy

Anticholinergics: How This Medication Helps

When doctors prescribe this type of medication to patients, they want to ease muscle stiffness, tremors, spasms, and uncontrolled body movements. The medications may provide temporary relief, but have been shown to be effective for many people who live with CP. The medication blocks certain neurotransmitters within the brain, keeping the muscles from spasming.

These medications have also been used to treat excessive drooling, decrease secretions of the stomach, and decrease mucous in the respiratory tract.

In some cases, doctors will also give a prescription for an antidepressant for a child, which has been shown to help with spasticity and seizures.

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