Journal article

Feeding experiences and growth status in a Rett syndrome population

Wendy H Oddy, Kathryn G Webb, Gordon Baikie, Susan M Thompson, Sheena Reilly, Susan D Fyfe, Deidra Young, Alison M Anderson, Helen Leonard

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Feeding difficulties in Rett syndrome are complex and multifactorial. In this study, we describe the feeding experiences in Rett syndrome and examine the factors affecting growth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using questionnaire data related to a population-based cohort, ages 2 to 29 years (n = 201), we measured the feeding experiences, growth, and factors affecting growth (enteral nutritional support, mutations, mobility, breath-holding, hyperventilation) in subjects with Rett syndrome. RESULTS: The mean weight, height, and body mass index z scores in subjects with Rett syndrome were below that of their age group and decreased steadily with age. Twenty percent of subjects had enteral ..

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