Pediatric Feeding Disorders

What are Pediatric Feeding Disorders?

A pediatric feeding disorder refers to a child’s inability or refusal to eat and/or drink sufficient quantities of food to provide appropriate nutrition for their age. A child with a feeding disorder also may exhibit mealtime problem behaviours such as tantrums, spitting, and aggression.

Over time, if left untreated, a child with a feeding disorder is at risk for compromised physical development. In addition, the presence of co-occurring problem behaviours, feeding disorders can lead to difficult and prolonged feeding times that often result in the child being fed outside regular family meals. If problematic mealtime behaviours are not resolved, the child is likely to miss out on critical social and learning opportunities available during mealtimes.

For a parent, the struggle to cope with a child’s feeding disorders can lead to increased parental stress, feelings of inadequacy in their parenting skills, and negative parent child relationships.

The difference between a fussy eater and a child with a feeding disorder is the impact the eating behavior has on a child’s physical and social development, and on the family’s well-being.

What Help Is Available?

West Coast Feeding and Behaviour Specialists founder Lauren Binnendyk has over eleven years experience in dealing with feeding issues in children. In addition to her successes with many families, she is recognized in the academic community for her published research and qualifications in this field.

Please read about the services we offer to help your family deal with your child’s eating problems.

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