What is a Problem Feeder?Problem Feeder

A problem feeder is a child or adult who has difficulty with multiple aspects of feeding.

What are some symptoms of a problem feeder?

The primary symptoms of a problem feeder include:

  • Restricted range/variety of foods – usually less than 20 different foods
  • Not able to reacquire foods lost due to food jags
  • Crying when presented with new foods
  • Refusing entire categories of food textures
  • Adding new foods in more than 25 steps

Is a problem feeder at risk?

A problem feeder is at risk for significant nutritional, social, and developmental deficits. Without proper intervention, a problem feeder may diminish their repertoire of foods to a few single items. Often times, those foods that are tolerated are not healthy and cannot properly serve a well-rounded diet.

How do I help treat a problem feeder?

A team of medical professionals is required to help diagnose and treat a problem feeder. Support from doctors, therapists, and counselors may be required to treat a problem feeder and their family members.

Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Our multidisciplinary feeding team offers a comprehensive treatment approach for problem feeders. Our specialized team features a speech-language pathologist, dietitian, occupational therapist, and licensed professional counselor trained to deal with all aspects of a problem feeder. Therapy often involves making the appropriate medical referrals, as needed, and treating other areas of the child’s feeding development.

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