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Table 1 Demographic and Clinical characteristics of Children Cerebral Palsy (n = 74)

From: Malnutrition is common in children with cerebral palsy in Saudi Arabia – a cross-sectional clinical observational study

CharacteristicsNumber
n = 74
Malnourished
n = 41 (55.4%)
Normal Nutrition
n = 33 (54.6%)
Sex of child, N (%)
 Male44 (59)23 (31)21 (28)
 Female30 (41)18 (24)12 (16)
Age of Child, N (%)
 < 5 yrs48 (65)24 (320)24 (320)
 > 5 yrs26 (35)17 (23)9 (12)
Severity of disease according to GMFCS levels, N (%)
 GMFCS level I-III22 (30)9 (12)13 (18)
 GMFCS-II GMFCS levl IV-V52 (70)32 (43)20 (27)
Nutrient Intake, N (%)
 Adequate energy intake53 (72)18 (25)35 (47)
 Adequate Protein intake49 (66)17 (23)32 (43)
 Mean energy intake (% of RDA)71.3% ± 21.163,2% ±26.278.5 ± 17.8
 Mean protein intake (% of RDA)73.2% ± 34.255.7 ± 33.690.3 ± 35.7
Feeding problems of child N (%)
 Yes57 (77)32 (43)25 (34)
 No17 (23)9 (12)8 (11)
Appetite of child N (%)
 Poor50 (68)31 (42)19 (26)
 Fair/Good24 (32)10 (14)14 (19)
Presence of Cognitive Impairment in child N (%)
 Yes54 (73)35 (47)19 (26)
 No20 (27)6 (8)14 (19)
Presence of anemia N (%)
 Yes32 (43)23 (31)9 (12)
 No42(57)18 (24)24 (33)
Creatinine
 N (%) within normal range56 (76)30 (41)26 (35)
 N (%) within abnormal range18 (24)11 (15)7 (9)
Hematocrit
 N (%) within normal range49 (66)21 (28)28 (38)
 % within abnormal range25 (34)20 (27)5 (8)
Red Blood Cells
 N (%) within normal range52 (70)21 (31)29 (39)
 N () within abnormal range22 (30)21 (29)1 (1)
  1. GMFCS Gross Motor Function Classification System