Feeding Disorders: Medical Complications

Pediatric feeding disorders, which are characterized by feeding difficulties that jeopardize long-term growth and nutrition, are common and may have an adverse impact on functional health outcomes. In many cases, feeding disorders stem from a combination of factors, which may include behavioral, developmental, and medical etiologies. Feeding disorders may also be the etiological root of other disorders of nutrition. This entry first describes typical feeding development and then discusses the medical etiologies of and medical problems associated with feeding disorders; it concludes with a brief outline of recommended evaluation and treatment.

Typical Feeding Development

Feeding, much like other domains of child development, typically follows a progression of skills, eventually leading to the acceptance of a broad variety of foods. From birth to about 4 months of ...

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