Background: The nutritional status of children with cerebral palsy (CP) is an issue where nurses have a major responsibility towards children and their parents.
Objectives: To assess the weight, height and body mass index of children with CP; To identify the caregivers’ perception of the nutritional status of their child with CP; To identify the caregivers’ difficulties in feeding their child; To identify the association between family functionality and the child’s weight.
Methodology: Mixed study with a sample of 104 children and their father/mother (104). The Anthropometric Assessment Questionnaire was applied to parents. Results: About 45% of children were below the 5th percentile. Most caregivers were aware of their child’s weight-for-height deficit. These caregivers’ difficulties were related to food spilling out of the mouth, choking, and frequent vomiting.
Conclusion: A high percentage of children with CP have weight-for-height deficit. Caregivers are aware of this issue, indicating difficulties in feeding their children. The families of children with weight-for-height deficit are the most dysfunctional families.