Special Issue "Cerebral Palsy and Nutrition—A Global Perspective"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 June 2019).
Interests: childhood disability; infectious disease; early childhood development; child survival; maternal and childhood undernutrition; poverty dynamics
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“Cerebral palsy and nutrition—A Global perspective,” is aimed to look into the issues and initiatives around undernutrition among children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) in both high and lower-middle income countries.
Nutritional status of children with CP is complex as disease severity often affects nutrition directly by minimizing their nutrient intake due to feeding difficulties. Children with oral motor impairments are more likely to take modified food e.g. fluid based, less chewable foods, and might lead to inadequate nutrient intake due to low energy and nutrient density of these modified food. In addition, socio demographic factors including educational level of the caregivers and socio-economic status of the families have an influential role in poor nutritional outcome among children with CP, particularly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
As Ban Ki-moon, United Nations 8th Secretary General said, “Nutrition is both a maker and a marker of development. Improved nutrition is the platform for progress in health, education, employment, empowerment of women and the reduction of poverty and inequality, and can lay the foundation for peaceful, secure and stable societies.”
Unfortunately, nutritional status of children with CP is still an under researched area. There is a lack of population based observational and experimental studies from LMICs. Moreover, there is a need for translational research to tackle the burden of undernutrition among children with CP Globally.
Assoc. Prof. Gulam Khandaker
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- Cerebral palsy
- Under nutrition
- Nutritional status
- Oromotor dysfunction
- Enteral nutrition
- Nutritional support