Identifying clinically relevant feeding problems and disorders
The current paper outlines what is currently understood, and what can be hypothesised about paediatric feeding dysfunctions. The paper highlights the current lack of awareness of psychological factors implicated in infant and child feeding, and promotes a behavioural approach to the identification, referral and treatment of non-organic derived feeding problems and disorders. Potential risk factors to poor feeding development are outlined, and characteristic child and caregiver behaviours which may signify problems with feeding are suggested. The aim of this paper is to promote early identification of these symptoms in frontline healthcare in the hope of increasing early intervention before physical complaints, medical complications and/or disorders arise.
Citation:Aldridge, V.K., Dovey, T.M., Martin, C.I. and Meyer, C. (2010) Identifying clinically relevant feeding problems and disorders. Journal of Child Health Care, 14 (3), pp. 261-270