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Feeding problems in young children: report of three cases and review of the literature

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Background: Feeding problems are common in young children. Standard procedures for identifying, assessing or treating these problems are not available at present. This paper describes three case reports of children attending a joint feeding clinic run by a dietitian and a clinical psychologist. The feeding problems included selective eating, slow eating, difficult behaviour at mealtimes and a preference for food of an inappropriate texture for the children's ages.

Results: One of the three children improved after 4 months, one after 9 months, but the third child has not progressed after 2 years.

Conclusion: A joint clinic can help the management of feeding problems by standardizing treatment. The management of these children should be audited and the use of a classification system and assessment tool would improve care. A parent support group should be established.

Keywords: behavioural management; feeding problems; multidisciplinary clinic; young children

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Nutrition and Dietetic Department, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester, Essex CO4 5JL, UK

Publication date: August 1, 1999


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