General Nutrition for Children with Cerebral Palsy

  • Nicole FragaleEmail author
  • Natalie Navarre
  • Jaclyn Rogers
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Children with cerebral palsy can have unique nutritional requirements due to poor growth, inadequate oral intake of food or fluids, dependence on tube feedings, and micronutrient deficiencies. Nutrition assessments are often indicated in this patient population and include attention to growth charts, physical exam, evaluation of food diaries, and laboratory monitoring. Interventions may include diet fortification using oral supplements, calorie-boosting techniques, tube feeding adjustments, and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Optimizing the nutritional status of the child with cerebral palsy should be a priority for all clinicians caring for these patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Fragale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalie Navarre
    • 1
  • Jaclyn Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical NutritionNemours/AI duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Bachrach
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics (Emeritus)Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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