Cerebral palsy growth charts

Cerebral palsy is the brain disorder in which a part of the brain that controls the movement of the muscle is damaged. The children with this disorder cannot control his movements properly. These children can’t eat normal. As the result their growth can’t be normal. This warrants the need of growth chart for the children with cerebral palsy in order to help them with extra nutrition.


A study was conducted by department of pediatrics of johns Hopkins university of Baltimore at United States of America on children with cerebral palsy .this was done to find out the difference between the children with cerebral palsy and normal children.

The main aim of the study was to advise the parents of the children with cerebral palsy to additional care anticipating the deficiency in growth.

As per this study 360 children with cerebral palsy were selected for observation. These children’s were placed in the orthopedic clinic. The weights and the lengths of these children were recorded. Growth charts were constructed.

The differences between the growth charts obtained from national center for health statistics [NCHS] and the growth chart made or formed from the information’s obtained from the children with cerebral palsy were confirmed.

Growth charts forth boys and girls were constructed seperately.weight for age, length for age, and weight for length were recorded from zero to one hundred and twenty month. The average difference in weight for age, length for age and weight for length between children with cerebral palsy and normal children were calculated. They are as follows.

Boy children with cerebral epilepsy were 2.4 z less as for as weight for age is concerned. The boy children with cerebral palsy were 20.3 z less as far as length for age is concerned. Boys with cerebral palsy were found to be 1.3 z less than the normal boys as far as weight for length is concerned.

Girl’s children with cerebral palsy were 2.1 z less than the normal girls as far as weight for age is concerned. Girl children with cerebral palsy are 2.1 z less than the normal girls as far as length for age is concerned. Girl children with cerebral palsy are 1.1 z less than the normal girls as far as weight for length is concerned.

In nutshell the children with cerebral palsy were five percent shorter at 2 years of age and ten percent shorter at eight years of age.

The very objective of this study is to make available the growth chart of the children with cerebral palsy to the parents and the healthcare professional. Once this growth chart reaches the parents, they will consult the healthcare professional in order to minimize the difference in growth between the normal children and the children with cerebral palsy.




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