Anthropometric measurements are often used to help assess the nutritional status of patients with neurological disorders.
The following measurements should be utilized:
- Length segments
- Mid-upper arm circumference
- Subcutaneous folds
Using weight and height/length, the corresponding z-scores and percentiles may be calculated. Using the cerebral palsy (CP) growth charts allows for the child with CP to be compared to peers rather than to children without a neurological impairment who may grow differently.1 In Canada, CP growth charts are typically used to evaluate the development of children with CP.
It is necessary to carry out a follow-up at least every 6 months, and frequency may be increased with very young children.
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