Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2014     Vol 39     No 3
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      UDK 612.763-053.32

ISSN 035-2899, 39(2014) br.3 p.118-125

Original paper

Feeding independence in neurological high-risk children
Samostalnost u ishrani djece sa neurorizičnom simptomatologijom

Mira Vučkovac, Goran Savić
Zavod za fizikalnu medicinu i rehabilitaciju (ZZMR) "Dr Miroslav Zotović" Banja Luka,
Republika Srpska, Bosna i Hercegovina



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Introduction: Children who are in the antenatal, perinatal, or postnatal period exposed to the effects of risk factors are classified as children with high-risk neurological symptoms. These children often have psychomotor development disorders and they may have feeding difficulties among other problems. The aim of this research was to observe feeding independence in children with high-risk neurological symptoms involved in the rehabilitation process. Methodology: The sample consisted of 55 children with high-risk neurological symptoms during 4 month at the Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Dr. Miroslav Zotović”, Banja Luka. Results: The average age of the sample was 3.13years, ranging from 2 to 5.5 years of age. Sex ratio was 65.5:34.5 in favour of males. 7.3% of the sample patients were on a liquid diet, 52.7% on a mashed diet and 40.00% on a normal diet. As regards feeding independence, 29.1% children from this sample were independent in feeding, 36.4% were partly independent and 34.5% were dependent on others. The average age of children who were on a liquid diet was 3.07, on a mashed diet 2.99 and on a normal diet 3.31 years. The sample consisted of 15 immobile children, 10 children who needed the help of another person or aids and 30 independently mobile children. Conclusion: The largest number of children with high-risk neurological symptoms was on liquid and mashed diets, although the average age of the sample was 3.13 years. Over a third of the sample children depended on someone else's help in feeding.
Key words: high-risk neurological symptoms, feeding, dependence, oral motor control, manipulative skill

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      Corresponding Address:
Mira Vučkovac,
Zavod za fizikalnu medicinu i rehabilitaciju
„Dr Miroslav Zotović“,
Slatinska 11, 78000 Banja Luka,
Republika Srpska, Bosna i Hercegovina;
Paper received: 15.5.2014
Paper accepted: 17.6.2014
Paper Internet issues: 26.9.2014
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