Feeding Aversion/Disorder

Feeding problems are estimated to occur in up to 25% of normally developing children. Feeding problems include the inability or refusal to eat certain foods and may lead to nutrition problems and other developmental and psychological issues. Early diagnosis and management are important.

Healthcare professionals can diagnose and treat various related problems such as:

  • Food selectivity (‘pickiness’)
  • Food refusal
  • Sucking, swallowing, or chewing difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • Colic
  • Inability to move to textured foods
  • Delay in self-feeding
  • Tantrums
  • Regurgitating and re-chewing (rumination)
  • Eating nonfoods (pica)