The Importance Of Support Groups And Treatment Of Cerebral Palsy

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as soon as possible, a child may preserve his or her current functioning and develop to the highest capacity with the assistance of healthcare workers. Nurses also need to serve a counseling role for families. Providing emotional support can help families begin to cope with their current circumstances. The nurse needs to provide reassurance and emphasize any positives in this situation. The nurse also fulfills the role of resource person. Providing information regarding support groups and parent groups like the Cerebral Palsy Alliance may be helpful. Support groups are beneficial because they can help parents grieve and heal with those who understand their circumstance. Nurses can also refer families to various other services like…show more content…
Another researched treatment option for cerebral palsy is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy involves having the patient placed in a pressurized room or tube where the air pressure is three times higher than normal (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, 2014). While the patient is in the hyperbaric chamber, he or she is exposed to 100% oxygen (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, 2014). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen the blood can carry which helps promote healing and fights infection (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, 2014). The UHM journal conducted a study to see if intensive rehabilitation combined HBO2 therapy would improve gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy (Mukherjee, 2017). This study involved one hundred and fifty children with CP. The children were divided up into four groups; one control the three others all were exposed to varying levels of HBO2 therapy (Mukherjee, 2017). The children were observed over an eight month period (Mukherjee, 2017). Every child who was assigned to a HBO2 therapy session went once daily for six days within a week. At intervals of two, four, six, and eight months after the treatment began, the children's gross motor function measure (GMFM) was evaluated (Mukherjee, 2017). The results were conclusive revealing all the children’s GMFM scores improved. However, the children who had the rehabilitation coupled with
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