A new study from Sweden reveals some factors that can increase the pain from cerebral palsy in children. Cerebral Palsy News Today reports.
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The study looked at over 3500 children and adolescents with CP, and was published in BMC Neurology. They studied information from a large cerebral palsy follow-up program that tracks most of the children in the country with CP. They also interviewed the patients or a caregiver about pain levels and made tests of the child’s mobility and gross motor functions.
Two factors that stood out were being an older child and being female. Girls reported pain 1.28 times more than males. Older patients in both sexes reported pain almost twice the time and reported more intense pain. Stronger pain was also correlated with lower mobility scores.
The study also found that pain was a common complaint in children with CP, with 30 to 70 percent of people in the study reporting pain depending on the population. A third reported that the pain disturbed their sleep.
Pain management for children with CP is important for their quality of life. Pain can be reduced in a number of ways, not just through prescription medication. But parents should speak with doctors and their children about ways they can help lower the level of pain caused by CP.