Children affected by cerebral palsy often have difficult eating and maintaining a healthy weight. These problems may indicate the need to see a nutritionist.
Typically, people with cerebral palsy struggle with chewing because their upper and lower jaw do not fit together correctly, difficulty controlling their mouth muscles in order to chew properly, and pain or other unusual feelings throughout the mouth while eating.
Nutritionists can help you identify a healthy child for your diet that makes it easier for him or her to swallow. He or she may also identify special vitamins or supplements your child needs.