Feeding disorders include problems gathering food and preparing to suck, chew, or swallow it.
Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, can occur at different stages (oral prep, oral, pharyngeal, esophageal stages) in the swallowing process. Children with feeding and swallowing disorders are more commonly known as "picky eaters."
What are some signs or symptoms of feeding and swallowing disorders in children?
Children with feeding and swallowing problems have a wide variety of symptoms. Not all signs and symptoms are present in every child, and symptoms vary according to age.
Signs of a Feeding Disorder or Feeding Difficulties
Infants and toddlers (0-3 years)
Toddlers and Older Children
Picky eating IS a problem, and most parents know it, though may have been told "don't worry, s/he'll grow out of it", "it's a stage", "all kids go through this"...If you feel there is an issue with your child's eating, seek professional help. If you know a picky eater, we are happy to talk with you to offer support in finding solutions that work for your child and family.