NICE guidelines on cerebral palsy published

This guideline covers diagnosing, assessing and managing cerebral palsy in children and young people from birth up to their 25th birthday. It aims to make sure they get the care and treatment they need for the developmental and clinical comorbidities associated with cerebral palsy, so that they can be as active and independent as possible

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Recommendations This guideline includes recommendations on: 

  • ​causes and recognition of cerebral palsy
  • multidisciplinary care and information and support
  • managing feeding and drooling problems
  • support with speech, language and communication
  • assessing and managing pain, discomfort, distress and sleep disturbances
  • information on other comorbidities, including mental health problems
  • transition to adults' services

Picture courtesy: Inspirational Bailey Matthews was roared over the finishing line by crowds close to tears as he cast aside his specially-adapted walking frame to finish the last 20 metres of the race unaided at the Castle Howard Triathlon in North Yorkshire 2015

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