Growth retardation and undernutrition in children with spastic cerebral palsy
Aim: To assess the prevalence of growth retardation and undernutrition in a homogenous group of 30 children with spastic cerebral palsy. Methods: Standard anthropometric assessment and functional assessment of feeding ability. Results: Growth retardation was common and severe: mean length for age standard deviation score (SDS) was −2.1 (SD 1.0) and 60% of the sample were «stunted». Mean weight for height SDS was +0.2 (SD 0.9) and «wasting» was largely confined to those children identified as having feeding problems. Conclusion: Formal assessment of growth and nutritional status is indicated in children with cerebral palsy, even if health and feeding status would otherwise give little cause for concern.
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Document Type: Original Article
University of Glasgow Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
Corseford Residential School, Howwood Road, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
Department of Paediatric Neurology and Child Development, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK
Publication date: 1996-01-01