Feeding Disorders: Diagnosis

Health care providers commonly use the term feeding disorder when a child is unable or refuses to consume a sufficient quantity or variety of solids or liquids to maintain proper nutrition. The longer the child has inadequate nutrition or caloric intake, the greater the risk of physical, cognitive, and social impairment. Consequently, early diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a feeding disorder is imperative. This entry focuses on the process and criteria for diagnosing a feeding disorder.

Interdisciplinary Evaluation

Various biological and environmental factors may contribute to the development and maintenance of a feeding disorder. An interdisciplinary evaluation designed to identify all possible etiological and maintaining factors is often necessary to assist with diagnosis and eventually treatment. An interdisciplinary evaluation includes a team of professionals including, but ...

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