Objective: In children with suspected cerebral palsy (CP) after birth who are followed up, the possibility of swallowing disorder should also be considered from the early stages and should be evaluated on a regular basis. The aim of the study was to compare the prenatal, natal, and postnatal histories in children with CP with and without swallowing disorder.
Materials and Methods: Children with CP who were between 2 and 16 years old and who were currently subjected to oral feeding were evaluated. The demographic characteristics and natal histories of the children were noted by asking their caregivers. The 3-ounce water swallow test was used in swallowing evaluation.
Results: On the basis of the results of the water swallow test, 46 children were divided into two groups: those who had no swallowing disorder (n=15) and those who had swallowing disorder (n=31). The groups were similar in terms of histories between the prenatal period and natal period (p>0.05). Postnatal histories, including gagging after sucking, weight loss, chewing problem, and head control, were different between groups (p=0.024, p=0.001, p=0.001, and p=0.047, respectively).
Conclusion: It is important to evaluate the postnatal symptoms and motor development of children with CP who have swallowing disorders during follow-up.