Nutrition and Neurodisability
This handbook provides easily accessible information on the aetiology, assessment and management of nutritional disorders in children with neurodisability. Succinct review of current evidence and guidelines is used to inform best practice. Early chapters outline the normal anatomy and physiology of feeding before considering the assessment and management of disordered feeding, and impact on nutritional status. Subsequent chapters discuss nutritional assessment and management supported by clear illustration of anthropometry techniques. Further consideration of the consequences of under and over nutrition, and impact on bone health is included. Dedicated chapters on associated gastrointestinal problems, management of drooling and dental care consider related comorbidities commonly experienced by children with neurodisability. A dedicated chapter on the use of tube feeding considers specific nutritional requirements and psychological aspects of intervention. Clinical vignettes are used to illustrate key learning points throughout.
Peter Sullivan trained in Universities in Manchester, Cambridge and London and has worked in India, The Gambia and Hong Kong. He was the first David Baum Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and also past-President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. He is currently Associate Dean of the Medical Sciences Division of Oxford University with responsibility for postgraduate clinical medical training. His research interests focus on the gastrointestinal and feeding problems of children with neurodisability in which subject he is actively engaged in research and on which he has produced numerous scientific papers and textbooks. Guro Anderson established the Cerebral Palsy Register of Norway, which she currently leads, and the Nutritional team at the Habilitation Center at Vestfold Hospital Trust, where she is a senior consultant. Guro was also a Task Coordinator for Task 5.3 Growth and Nutrition Variations in general outcomes of health care for children with cerebral palsy across Europe: growth and nutrition; a study by the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe. Morag Andrew trained in Paediatric Neurodisability in London (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children) and Oxford, where she developed her interests in neurological feeding disorders and nutrition. She was awarded a DPhil (University of Oxford) for her work on nutritional intervention following perinatal brain injury and has published several original research papers from this work. She was one of the first British Academy of Childhood Disability-Castang fellows between 2017-2019. Her research interests include nutrition in neurodisability as well as neurodisability interventions more broadly.