THE EFFECT OF FEEDING PROBLEMS ON THE GROWTH OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

Authors

  • R. Rajikan Dietetic Science Program, School of Health Care Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
  • N. M. Zakaria Dietetic Science Program, School of Health Care Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
  • Z. A. Manaf Dietetic Science Program, School of Health Care Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
  • N. A. M. Yusoff School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Sultan ZainalAbidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu
  • S. Shahar Dietetic Science Program, School of Health Care Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4314/jfas.v9i6s.59

Keywords:

cerebral palsy, feeding problem, specific growth charts, gross motor classification system, wasting

Abstract

This cross sectional study determine the growth, feeding problems and nutrient intakes of cerebral palsy children and adolescents. A total of 153 subjects (68 females, 85 males) aged between 2 to 15 years old (mean 8.93+3.5) from community rehabilitation centers and spastic centers around Kuala Lumpur, Muar and Penang were recruited using convenience sampling method. 61% of subjects had feeding problems especially in the severe level group (72.9%) as compared to the mild (50.6%) [(χ2=7.890), p<0.05], whereby choking and swallowing were significantly associated with their severity levels [(χ2choking=7.183), p<0.05; (χ2swallowing=9.994), p<0.05]. Subjects with feeding problems have lower body weight, height, BMI, triceps skin fold and MUAC (p<0.05 for all parameters).60% of cerebral palsy subjects had poor nutritional status, feeding problems and the presence of feeding problems significantly affects their growth.

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2017-11-10

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