Cerebral palsy (CP) is a common motor disorder observed during childhood. Malnutrition and dysphagia are common in children with CP. Overdose of medication and seizures may cause aspiration via its influence on the conscious swallowing movement. Some children may experience aspiration because of gastro esophageal reflux. Management of patients with swallowing problems requires the coordinated efforts of healthcare professionals. Patients with CP require appropriate nutritional education and nutritional support. Focusing on improving the nutrition of children with CP in early life offers families and caregivers an opportunity to provide effective intervention that may improve patient outcomes. Family-centered biopsychosocial interventions, rather than technical and short-term rehabilitation interventions that focus only on the pediatric patient, are important for ensuring the rehabilitation of the patient and improving and maintaining his/her health. In the present case, attention was drawn to the influence of caregiver practices on the nutritional status and health of the patient and the importance of family or caregiver rehabilitation.

Keywords: Cerebral palsy, family education, malnutrition, patient rehabilitation