My 8 year old son was diagnosed with mild CP two years ago after I was pressured by his school to get an ADHD diagnosis. When I went into labor, we were under the impression that I was 1 day shy of my 38 weeks. I find out after delivery that I was actually 34 weeks pregnant and oops! we all messed up Every time I would have a contraction Jaden's heart rate would drop, so they broke my water to put in internal monitoring wires. They then found meconium and I was whisked into OR for an emergency c-section. Jaden was born weighing in a 4 lbs.
I was unable to see Jaden for nearly eight hours because they had him in the nursery under an oxygen "bowl". My mother overheard the nurses saying how good he was doing considering they did CPR for one minute. No nurse nor his doctor informed me of this fact.
Now fast forward 6 years later. I find out I am pregnant with my daughter and specifically say I want to know what the complications were to my first pregnancy. I find out that I had a placental blood clot, an uteuran infection, and his umbilical cord was thin. Stressful!
Now I am dealing with a child who is displaying some symptoms of ADHD. So my question is: Are there some symptoms that can be interchangable between ADHD and CP. Is this common in children with CP and are there other learning disabilities that I should be aware of?
Sorry about your son's problems (and yours). My first grandson was born at 24 weeks, weighing just 17 ounces (1 pound, 1 ounce). My daughter had HELLP syndrome and her son spent 4 months in the NICU, at a cost of 1.5 million dollars! (It wasn't till she had a miscarriage, a fetal demise at 22 weeks, and another son born at 34 weeks, that it was found that she had a clotting disorder.) The first grandson is now 10. He has mostly a right sided hemiplesia, but, he also has emotional and learning disabilities that are very common in CP. We are just thankful that he is self sufficient and goes to a regular school, plays on the soccer team, hates math, but loves history.
Every CP kid is different. They are truly unique. Having your son tested will be very valuable when determining a course of action concerning his education. There are so many resources available, take advantage of all that you can. Again, every kid is an individual, so there is no one disability that they all have or that is even typical. Take things as they come along, ask for help, and do the best possible.
Hug your son. Love him a whole bunch. Good luck.