Pain and sleep problems are common in people with cerebral palsy with over 60% of individuals with CP reporting that they experience pain.
This section looks at common causes for pain, assessments for identifying pain as well as emerging treatments. Left untreated pain and sleep problems can adversely impact activities, participation, and quality of life.
Sleep is important to all of us, but it's especially important for infants. When infants go to sleep, they start to create neural networks about what they've been learning during the day. It's estimated that as many as one in five children with disabilities have a sleep disorder, and that's higher than the rate of typically-developing children. Finding sleep interventions for these children is incredibly important so they can lay down their brain networks and continue to learn during their early childhood years.
One of the things that we typically forget when we look at kids who have conditions like CP, is that they're first and foremost, children.
There are so many different causes for potential pain that it can be hard to find the cause. If you have CP or are a parent of someone with CP it is really important to empower yourself with information on pain including what causes it and options for treatment. You need to work out what is causing the pain not just mask it with pain medication.
1 in 2 people with cerebral palsy live in chronic pain