Feeding problems in young children: report of three cases and review of the literature
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Nutrition and Dietetic Department, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester, Essex CO4 5JL, UK
Publication date: August 1, 1999