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Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2012 Dec;97(6):222-9. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2011-300914. Epub 2012 Jan 31.

Feeding difficulties in children with cerebral palsy.

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Department of Paediatrics, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK.


Feeding difficulties are common in children with cerebral palsy and have an effect on growth, nutritional state, general health, social interaction and behaviour and developmental outcomes. Many factors have an effect on feeding ability. Identification of these factors and amelioration of their impact on feeding difficulties is essential to promote adequate growth and nutrition. Appropriate assessment and management is best achieved by a multiprofessional team skilled in the care of children with cerebral palsy and feeding impairments. Feeding difficulties must be considered within the wider context of family and social circumstance.

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