Every child is indeed special in his or her own way, but some children have “special needs” to address certain medical conditions or developmental disabilities that may require skilled nursing and medical care. Today, there are numerous resources for children with special needs, you just want to be sure to vet your options and find professional care to address the unique needs of your medically fragile child.
The symptoms of Cerebral Palsy are usually seen before a child is two years old, but sometimes appear within the first few months of life. This disorder, caused by injury or abnormalities of the immature brain, can affect brain or nervous system functions. Parents may notice delays early on at various developmental stages, such as sitting, rolling, crawling or walking.
A child with special needs may require skilled medical attention not available in normal day care center settings. This child may need apnea monitoring, oxygen administration, tube feedings, IV medication, tracheostomy care, or ventilator management. Whether temporary or short term, this means financial and time commitment from parents who may have to obtain in-home nursing care, or otherwise postpone work or studies to stay home full time and attend to these special needs.
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