Skin temperature in the extremities of healthy and neurologically impaired children

Title

Skin temperature in the extremities of healthy and neurologically impaired children

Creator

Svedberg L E; Stener-Victorin E; Nordahl G; Lundeberg T

Publisher

European Journal of Paediatric Neurology

Date

2005

Subject

Male; Child; Humans; Female; Child Preschool; Walking; Hand; Foot; Skin Temperature; Brain Diseases/diagnosis/physiopathology; Infrared Rays; Spinal Cord Diseases/diagnosis/physiopathology; temperature regulation; Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion; SMA1; trajectory; characteristics

Description

Little emphasis has been accorded to peripheral skin temperature impairments in children with neurological disorders but attention has been paid to the significance of cold extremities (autonomic failure) for well-being and quality of life in adults stroke patients. Therefore, it seems important to investigate skin temperature in children with neurological disorder, especially when their communication is impaired. In the present study, we wanted to objectively verify any skin temperature differences between pre-school children with and without neurological disorders and also ascertain if any correlation existed between skin temperature and physical activity. Skin temperatures in 25 healthy children and 15 children with cerebral or spinal cord damages were assessed using infrared radiation. The temperatures were recorded on the palm and the dorsal surface of the hands and on the sole and dorsal surface of the feet three times at 15-minute intervals over 30min. A significant lower mean skin temperature in all measurement points was seen in non-walking children with cerebral damages compared to healthy controls. Also, the mean skin temperature was significantly lower in all foot measuring points in the children with cerebral damages that were unable to walk compared to those walking. In conclusion, as cold extremities may result in impaired well-being and hypothetically may be associated with other symptoms born by the child, further investigations of thermal dysfunction and autonomic function are of importance and treatment may be warranted.

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Citation

Svedberg L E; Stener-Victorin E; Nordahl G; Lundeberg T, “Skin temperature in the extremities of healthy and neurologically impaired children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 21, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16824.

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