Nutritional care: The 'poor child' of clinical care in children with cerebral palsy

D.A.C. Snik*, P.H. Jongerius, N.M. de Roos, O. Verschuren

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Abstract

There is a considerable risk of malnutrition for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) due to insufficient nutritional intake. The most important causes of insufficient intake are feeding problems which are highly prevalent in children with CP (depending on definition, age and heterogeneity of the researched population). Considering these facts, nutritional status should have the full attention of healthcare professionals but this is not yet the case. Evidence from research in clinical practice suggests that: 1) there is no consensus regarding who should perform the measurement and how often, 2) no standardised nutritional assessment is implemented, and 3) there is suboptimal communication and management about feeding and nutritional status in most healthcare networks. To overcome these problems, validated and practical tools for the screening and assessment of nutritional status should be a topic of research and subsequently made available and implemented in clinical practice. Because body composition is an objective indicator of available energy stores, research should focus on optimising measurement methods to determine body composition using anthropometric measures or bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). Furthermore, there is a definite need among health care providers for explicit and clear agreements on organisation and communication about nutritional care for children with CP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • body composition
  • cerebral palsy
  • malnutrition
  • Nutrition
  • nutritional management

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