by jacobkaden (359 Posts), Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:14 am
My son was a 26 weeker and also has cerebral palsy (CP). I was told that about 1/3 of preemies are born with some form of CP. The risk is higher, the younger the gestational age. I agree with Jamie - it's best to follow up with your pediatrician and/or neonatologist because if it is CP, early intervention is key. It's often difficult to diagnose CP before 1 to 2 years of age, unless it's quite severe. Some of the movements you are describing could be attributable to "normal" nervous system development. Prayers that's all it is. On the other hand, when our son was diagnosed with CP, I was devastated and never thought I could cope. Fast forward 3 years and we adore him, he's a happy boy and I rarely cry over "what could have been". In short, even if it is CP, it's not the end of the world, it's just a different world. Good luck!