The first nutritional and anthropometric study of children and young people with Cri du Chat Syndrome in the British Isles is reported. Forty of the 140 people with the syndrome known to the Cri du Chat support groups in Britain and Ireland are enrolled in the study. Retrospective data from parents and GPs highlighted feeding problems in infancy related to sucking and reflux vomiting, leading to failure to thrive in infancy in most but not all of the children. More than half of the parents reported receiving little or no specific help in coping with these problems. Parents perceived hospital staff, excluding geneticists, as lacking in knowledge about the Syndrome, but there was a high level of satisfaction with hospital staff support. Anthropometry indicated that most probands are small in stature and of low weight. The distribution of triceps and biceps measurements also indicated a population with little reserve of fat, but when mid arm muscle circumference was calculated the results suggest that the development of muscle follows a normal distribution. A dietary questionnaire completed by parents indicated that while the majority of children and young people consume the usual family diet, only 21% could cope with the normal consistency of family meals, the others having chewing and/or swallowing problems. Parental comment on food likes and dislikes focused on texture. The study highlighted the need for syndrome-specific reference data and also guidelines for good practice.
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|Publication status||Published - dec. 1 1997|
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