Characteristics and management of feeding problems of young children with cerebral palsy

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1992 May;34(5):379-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1992.tb11449.x.


The nature and extent of feeding difficulties associated with cerebral palsy was assessed in 12 infants with moderate to severe oral-motor dysfunction, compared with a control group. Data were gathered at the infants' homes by interview and by direct observation of mealtimes. The results revealed a range of long-standing problems, for which little management advice had been given. Most case infants were poorly positioned; specially designed seats were not used. The mean duration of mealtimes for case and comparison infants did not differ significantly. Case infants ate and were offered less food than the control infants. Feeding problems usually had persisted since birth and were associated with marked failure to thrive. Multidisciplinary assessments of the severe feeding difficulties of these children are indicated.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Equipment
  • Male
  • Masticatory Muscles / physiopathology
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Posture / physiology