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LE ROY O, CATALINA et al. Nutrition of Children with Selected Neurological Illnesses. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2010, vol.81, n.2, pp.103-113. ISSN 0370-4106.

In this paper, some neurological disorders are reviewed where nutritional management is relevant. These are cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and attention déficit disorder (ADHD). Nutrition is affected in children with Cerebral Palsy due to the illness, difficult in ingesting foods due to sensory,motor and/or GI disorders, and specific nutritional déficits secondary to insufficient intake. In epilepsy and ADHD, interaction with medications must be added. In autism there is additional controversy regarding nutritional management. Nutritional status will depend on the severity of the main disorder, time of evolution, adequate care. Nutritional vigilance by the multidisciplinbary treatment team. Good management contributes to improve the evolution of the illness, diminish medication adverse effect, prevent specific deficiencies, development of excess disorders (as in obesity), and non nutritional complications (such as infections).

Palavras-chave : Nutrition; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; autism; attention déficit disorder.

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