WellSpan Home

Cerebral Palsy: Safety Tips

Topic Overview

People with cerebral palsy are prone to falls and other accidents, especially if they are affected by seizures. Following are some ways to improve safety and avoid injuries. For more information on safety for people who have seizures, see the topic Epilepsy.

Tips for working with children

  • Supervise activities involving the use of sharp objects, such as knives.
  • Have your child wear a protective helmet if he or she frequently falls or has seizures.
  • Check your child's shoes often to make sure they fit properly, give good support, and are in good condition. Shoes with soles that grip, such as those made of rubber, are safer than smooth-soled shoes.

Household safety tips

  • Pad sharp corners on furniture and countertops. Smooth out any rough surfaces under kitchen and bathroom countertops and keep surfaces cleared.
  • Use protective devices, such as side rails on beds and straps or seat belts in chairs. Install handrails in the bathroom around the toilet and in the shower.
  • Use sturdy, heavy furniture that cannot be easily overturned.
  • Keep walkways clear of clutter and other objects, such as throw rugs, that can cause falls, and do not polish floors.
  • Keep objects that are frequently used within easy reach.
  • Don't let electrical cords hang low or lie on the floor.
  • Use skid-proof mats on floors and skid-proof placemats under bowls and plates.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017


Are you sure you would like to cancel?

All information will be lost.

Yes No ×

About the provider search

This search will provide you with WellSpan Medical Group and Northern Lancaster County (Ephrata) Medical Group primary care physicians and specialists. If we don’t have a WellSpan Medical Group physician to meet your criteria, the search will expand to include community physicians who partner with WellSpan Medical Group physicians through the WellSpan Provider Network or provide care to patients on the Medical Staffs of WellSpan’s Hospitals.

×

Schedule Your Next Appointment Online with MyWellSpan

Use your MyWellSpan patient portal any time to view available appointments, and pick the date and time that best suits your schedule.

Go to MyWellSpan

New to this practice?

If you don't have a WellSpan primary care provider and would like to schedule a new patient appointment with a provider who is accepting patients, just log into your MyWellSpan account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to see the offices that are accepting new patients in relation to your zip code. If you are not enrolled in MyWellSpan, go to https://my.wellspan.org, call 1-866-638-1842 or speak with a member of the staff at a participating facility to sign up. New patient scheduling not available at all practices/programs.

Already a patient at this practice?

If you already have a relationship with a WellSpan practice, simply log into your account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to schedule an appointment with any provider or practice that already counts you as a patient. Online scheduling varies by practice/program.

×