Cerebral palsy (CP) is a complex set of disorders that impact the brain and nervous system and can cause challenges in the following areas:
- Cognitive function
Cerebral palsy can present in various levels of severity, and in various forms:
Some people with CP are non-ambulatory while others walk with braces or other assistive equipment. Some people with CP are verbal, and others are not.
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain abnormalities or injuries. Most incidences of CP result from issues developed during gestation or birth, but CP can actually develop in infancy up until age two. These later onsets of CP result from brain bleeds, brain infections, head injuries, unusually severe jaundice, and other factors.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition, and as such, it is a diagnosis about which emergency personnel need to know immediately in the event of an accident or injury. Letting EMTs and emergency room physicians know that being nonverbal or non-ambulatory is a patient’s baseline is incredibly helpful as they begin assessments and treatments. For people with cerebral palsy, medical ID bracelets can help prevent unnecessary tests and facilitate communication with loved ones. Additionally, many people with cerebral palsy are on multiple medications. Medical ID jewelry, in those cases, can also help prevent drug interactions and contraindicated treatments.
As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.