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Open Access A new paradigm for assessment of infant feeding deviation

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Normal child development is slow from birth to 25 years. Since Neolithic times, humans have relied on common sense, learned by trial and error, and mourned infants lost to infection and malnutrition. In recent times, knowledge of the process accelerated with increasing interest in child survival and health improvement. Historically, infant survival relied on breastfeeding until pathogens were identified, food technology developed, and infant/child surveillance commenced within the ethos of public health. Today, universal screening of infants from birth aims to identify deviation from the norm in all areas of development, allowing early intervention and correction. The personal experience of health professionals can be a positive factor in reflective practice, questioning orthodoxy and generating new perspectives and corrective strategies. Clinical settings generate practice-based evidence, a prerequisite for research. This concept of the infant as a primary cause of feeding problems demands consideration of a new paradigm and prompts research.

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Keywords: Assessment; normal development; practice-based evidence; suck-swallow-breathe cycle

Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: 01 December 2015

This article was made available online on 14 October 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "A new paradigm for assessment of infant feeding deviation".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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