Article Type

Original Study


Objective The objectives of this study were to support families of children with cerebral palsy (CP), to improve their lifestyle, and decrease complications through effective interventions. Background CP is the most common physical disability of childhood with variable manifestations and comorbidities; many interventions are pursued to help children with CP. Patients and methods This study was conducted on 75 children with CP (37 males and 38 females), aged 2–15 years, with variable types, degrees, and severity of CP. They were selected randomly from an outpatient pediatric clinic of Menoufia University Hospitals. In the first 4 months, parents of these children were trained for solving difficulties of their children in weekly visits. Patients were evaluated at the end of these 4 months and then every 2 months to assess outcome; retraining was provided if needed. Results Our results showed prevalence of the following associated problems with CP: 84% had bowel incontinence, 80% had feeding difficulties, and 26.7% had convulsions. After following our training program, 60% showed adequate position and jaw stabilization during feeding, 46.7% became cooperative during feeding with shorter mealtimes, 34.5% developed bowel control by day time, 50% showed decreased frequency of convulsion attacks and reduced injury due to sudden attacks. Conclusion Conservative and behavioral modifications had positive outcomes in children with CP and their families through training parents for supportive aids.