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Feeding Development and Difficulties

What is the impact of feeding difficulties?

  • Feeding difficulties may be mild or transient with no adverse outcomes or severe and prolonged impacting on the health and development of the child and family relationships [9].

    Children with severe feeding difficulties are at risk of nutritional deficiencies, poor growth, cognitive impairment, emotional dysfunction and even death [9, 10]. Early detection of feeding problems and appropriate intervention improves outcomes for children [10, 11].

    Three to ten percent of children develop chronic feeding issues that exceed expected variations in development and are possibly associated with negative outcomes in terms of growth and development [5, 12].