Survey of Nutritional Problems Encountered in Children with Neuromotor Disorders

Coleen P. Greecher, Ian T. Cohen, Thomas V.N. Ballantine

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A survey of 200 patients ranging in age from 5-21 yr was undertaken in 3 facilities in central Pennsylvania: State- (100), county- (13), and privately-operated (66), together with 21 children being cared for at home. Their diagnoses included chromosomal, metabolic, and anatomic abnormalities, and other encephalopathies. The following nutritional problems were identified: 1) inadequate nutrient intake due to feeding technique, swallowing difficulties, or regurgitation; 2) obesity and low activity level; 3) constipation; 4) nutrient-drug interactions and allergies; and 5) inadequate standards with which to compare growth and adequacy of nutrient intake. The nutritional problems encountered in these pediatric patients with neuromotor disorders warrant management by a physician-nutritionist team skilled in nutritional assessment and techniques of providing nutritional support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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