One of the newer uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). CP, as it is commonly know, is due to some sort of anoxia (oxygen deprivation) during the birthing process. Causes can include the cord getting twisted around the babys neck, the baby being born with a difficult breech delivery, the placenta detaches, the babys head is traumatized during delivery, and many other causes. Unfortunately the net effect is the same. The babys brain is deprived of oxygen and the results are similar to that of a stroke in an adult. The baby presents in a variety of ways including the inability to talk, difficulty walking, loss of function on one sided of the body, and other stroke like symptoms.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) appears to be beneficial in these children. Dr. Paul Harch, MD in New Orleans pioneered the use of HBOT in CP children and we follow his protocols.
There is an organization called MUMS, which stands for Mothers United for Moral Support, whos primary function is to disseminate information about children with CP and other genetic disorders. If you have a child with CP, you should join that organization which allows you to get in contact with other mothers with children that have similar problems. I must take this opportunity to salute the mothers of these children because while there are a lot of good mothers in this world, I have never seen the devotion to a child like the mothers of these CP kids have.