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Feeding Disorders

A feeding disorder refers to a child’s inability or refusal to eat or drink sufficient quantities of food or liquid to obtain adequate nutrition and grow. Many children demonstrate feeding difficulties at some point. For example, toddlers are known to have eating “jags” during which they eat a particular food for a while and then stop. Likewise, a child may become ill with a virus and stop eating or eat and drink only small amounts. However, in both examples, the children eat a variety of other foods or resume eating when well and continue to grow and thrive. Children with feeding disorders do not consume enough calories and nutrients to grow and maintain good health.

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