Pediatric Outpatient Feeding Clinic: If You Build It, Who Will Come?

Benton, K.; Swenny, C.; Cox, S.; Fraker, C.; Fishbein, M.

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Jun 6; 39(7):855-9

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Feeding disorders occur commonly in the pediatric population and vary in severity from picky eating to extreme food selectivity. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision provide more inclusive diagnostic criteria for feeding disorders, but little is known about the actual referral population to an outpatient feeding clinic. In this investigation, the nutrition status, reason for referral, and related exploratory questions of outpatient referrals are detailed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children aged 1-18 years were eligible for enrollment. Survey data collected included demographics, prior diagnoses, parental/caretaker complaint, mealtime duration, referral source, and food repertoire. Exploratory questions examined the impact of the feeding disorder on immediate family. RESULTS: Ten percent of participants had a weight-for-height z score or body mass index score of

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