Nutritional Counseling for People With Cerebral Palsy
cerebral palsy (CP) who have problems eating or who
are not gaining weight and developing as other children their age may need
evaluation by a registered dietitian. These health professionals can help
determine the specific reason for the nutritional imbalance. Typically, in
people with CP, the problem relates to:
An inability to chew because their teeth and jaws
do not fit together correctly.
An inability to control their mouth
muscles to chew and swallow food properly.
Pain or unusual
feelings in their mouths and jaws when eating.
A registered dietitian can offer suggestions for:
Changes in a person's diet.
prepare food to make it easier to chew and swallow.
Ways to feed a
person with cerebral palsy.
Vitamins and other supplements that may
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