Feeding Disorders in Infants and Children

Editor(s): Carlos Lifschitz, Buenos Aires Annales Nestlé Vol.73 / 2,  2015

Summary

There is a wide spectrum of feeding disorders that vary in origin from organic to functional or a mix of both. In C. Lau’s paper suction and swallowing mechanism is explained as well as how they are relevant to term and pre-term infants as well as the problems associated with suction and swallowing processes. A. Rybak discusses the different possible causes of poor weight gain related to feeding issues. Evaluation and symptoms of swallowing defects in children is explained in Dodrill and Gosa’s paper. And to conclude, A. Silverman outlines different ways parents and doctors can help encourage children to eat

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  • Behavioral Management of Feeding Disorders of Childhood

    Author(s): Alan H. Silverman

    Feeding disorders, characterized by suboptimal intake and/ or lack of age-appropriate eating habits, are common and may be seen in up to 45% of children. Feeding disorders are a significant concern to both the affected families and to the providers who treat them. Fortunately, there are well-established behavioral treatments which have been shown to be highly efficacious. This article provides an overview of behavioral assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, provides guidance in treatment planning, and provides information which may be useful in considering if additional psychological consultation may be beneficial.

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