Common Pediatric Feeding Difficulties

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Common Pediatric Feeding Conditions Needing Treatment

Many common reasons children are referred to oral-motor feeding therapy are failure to thrive, reflux, and picky eating. The challenges posed by problem eaters, can be disruptive to families and meal times, and the usual well-meaning advice just does not work. Children who are problem eaters often have some combination of actual motor skill difficulty that makes eating difficult; or awareness problem that they are oversensitive or under-sensitive to food taste, temperature and textures; or challenges that make them feel like they can’t breathe or feel pain when they eat.

Feeding problems may arise because the child experienced some medical challenges, health challenges, food allergies, digestion challenges or a trauma that caused them to stop eating or become fearful of eating. Over time, feeding problems often turn into significant behavior challenges. Below is a list of the more common conditions that our team addresses and treats.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bottle-feeding transitions
  • Disruptive behaviors at meals
  • Dysphagia
  • Oral-Motor management
  • Poor weight gain
  • Problem Eaters
  • Self-Feeding difficulties
  • Transition to food

Detailed information on Conditions

There are several ways you can view this information. If you are interested in scrolling through the entire list of conditions, please choose the dropdown below named All Conditions. Otherwise, please choose one of the other categories of disorders to find the condition you are seeking information on. Any conditions that can be categorized in multiple areas will appear in each of those sections.

These lists will be continually under construction so that we ensure the most up-to-date information.

Developmental Delays / Disabilities

Neuromuscular Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Mental Health Conditions

Conditions that appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V are categorized into 20 categories.

Other Conditions / Injuries

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