Local health officials educated parents of children with cerebral palsy on optimal nutritional requirements at a Pattaya workshop.
Pattaya Public Health Department official Sureerat Wongpholkamon invited nutritionist Aornanaong Thaweesuk and Punnapa Thongphan of the Regional of Health Promotion Center 3 to speak to the ten families at city hall Aug. 25.
They stressed that children with cerebral palsy – a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking – require a balance of food and nutritional groups.
Aornanaong Thaweesuk, food and nutrition specialist at Regional of Health Promotion Center 3, Chonburi, lectures on the value of good nutrition for children with cerebral palsy.
Among them, they said, are carbohydrates, vitamin, minerals, and fat to help the brain’s development. Particularly important are vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12 to help the nervous system, cell construction, bone marrow, blood cells and skin. Also needed is vitamin C to help build strong bones and fight infection.
Punnapa Thongphan, director of the Pattaya Public Health, Health Promotion Division, promotes balanced nutrition for all children, especially those with special needs.
Parents and children from Pattaya listen intently to lecturers at the conference for better child care.