Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – June 2021
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New Publication highlights
Cerebral palsy (CP) is attributed to non-progressive events that are no longer active at the time of diagnosis. Yet people with CP follow individual developmental trajectories, and their functioning may change significantly across their lifespan. The Editor’s Choice for the July issue is this population-based follow-up study carried out over 50 years. It examines the evolution of features that are expected to impact societal participation and quality of life, such as cognitive functioning, walking ability, pain, fatigue, and epilepsy. The findings remind us of the importance of preventing complications, the need for periodical re-evaluation, and our obligation to provide appropriate health care service across the lifespan.
This systematic review reveals therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy. When discussing the paper, corresponding author Esteban Obrero-Gaitán said: “virtual reality-based rehabilitation using Nintendo® Wii is considered a multi-sensory and active therapy that encourages the child’s participation, increasing motivation and adherence to therapy due to its playful nature. It is a low cost tool that can be used at home for therapeutic purposes, a fact that is of great relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This paper evaluates the methodological quality of recent systematic reviews of interventions for children with cerebral palsy in order to determine the level of confidence in the reviews’ conclusions. The authors findings are concerning, as few reviews are considered reliable according to AMSTAR-2.
Sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy and their parents by Hulst et al.
The importance of good quality sleep for optimal child health and development is increasingly recognized. The authors of this paper compare sleep outcomes of children with cerebral palsy and typically developing peers, and call for sleep assessment to be integrated into routine paediatric health care practice.
Recent DMCN podcast highlights include:
- Watchwords for Management of Developmental Disabilities in Developing Countries | Johari | DMCN
- Walking Ability, Intellectual Disability, & Epilepsy in Adults with Cerebral Palsy | Jonsson | DMCN
- Intermittent Serial Casting: Wrist Flexion Deformity in Children with Cerebral Palsy | Dursun | DMCN
- The International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability Knowledge Hub | Carroll | DMCN
- Equations and Software for Estimating Children with Cerebral Palsy’s Weight | Brunner | DMCN
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