Cerebral palsy is usually not detected until 1 to 3 years after a baby’s birth. Because of this, most parents may not be adequately prepared for a change in their newborn’s demeanor or physical anomalies. Most parents become concerned when they realize that their baby isn’t moving or talking as they should, given their age. It’s at this point that their child might be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Typical diagnosis for cerebral palsy involves the doctor evaluating the child’s muscle tone and reflexes. The doctor may also ask that the child be sent for an MRI, CT or ultrasound scan to identify any anomalies within the baby.