Feeding Issues In Children

Symptoms, Causes, And What To Do

Feeding issues can be a common concern for parents, but it’s important to know that there are many ways to address them. Whether your child is experiencing difficulty with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or eating solid foods, understanding the symptoms and causes of feeding issues can help you take the appropriate steps to address the problem.

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About Feeding Issues

Feeding issues can be overwhelming for both children and parents. It’s hard to see your little one struggling with latching difficulties, refusing to eat, choking, or experiencing trouble swallowing. In some cases, these problems can be related to an underlying medical condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a food allergy. Watch for signs like hives, itching, swelling, or breathing difficulties, as these may indicate an allergic reaction. If you suspect your child may be experiencing feeding issues, it’s important to speak with your pediatrician or a feeding specialist to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan.

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Feeding Issues

Common Symptoms:

Refusing to eat or drink
Crying or fussing during feeding
Gagging or choking while eating
Difficulty latching onto the breast or bottle
Slow weight gain or failure to thrive
Recurrent vomiting or spitting up
Excessive drooling or oral sensitivity
Avoidance of certain foods or textures
Persistent coughing or wheezing during feeding
Irritability or discomfort after feeding

Common Causes:

Reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Food allergies or intolerances
Sensory processing issues
Oral motor delays or difficulties
Developmental delays or disabilities
Anxiety or behavioral issues
Structural abnormalities in the mouth or throat

What To Do:

Depending on the underlying cause of the feeding issue, your child’s doctor or a feeding specialist may recommend one or more of the following interventions:

Changes to feeding position or technique
Dietary modifications, such as eliminating certain foods or changing the texture of foods
Referral to a feeding specialist or speech therapist
Medications to address underlying medical conditions
Surgery to correct structural abnormalities

Common Symptoms:

Refusing to eat or drink
Crying or fussing during feeding
Gagging or choking while eating
Difficulty latching onto the breast or bottle
Slow weight gain or failure to thrive
Recurrent vomiting or spitting up
Excessive drooling or oral sensitivity
Avoidance of certain foods or textures
Persistent coughing or wheezing during feeding
Irritability or discomfort after feeding

Common Causes:

Reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Food allergies or intolerances
Sensory processing issues
Oral motor delays or difficulties
Developmental delays or disabilities
Anxiety or behavioral issues
Structural abnormalities in the mouth or throat

What To Do:

Depending on the underlying cause of the feeding issue, your child’s doctor or a feeding specialist may recommend one or more of the following interventions:

Changes to feeding position or technique
Dietary modifications, such as eliminating certain foods or changing the texture of foods
Referral to a feeding specialist or speech therapist
Medications to address underlying medical conditions
Surgery to correct structural abnormalities

Feeding Issues

When to Take Your Child To The Doctor

You should speak with your child’s doctor if your child:

  • Refuses to eat or drink for an extended period of time
  • Is losing weight or failing to gain weight appropriately
  • Is consistently vomiting or spitting up after feedings
  • Is experiencing difficulty breathing or turning blue during feedings
  • Is exhibiting signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth or decreased urine output
  • Is exhibiting signs of a food allergy, such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing

If you have any concerns about your child’s feeding issues, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician or a feeding specialist. Early intervention can help prevent more serious problems from developing and ensure that your child gets the care they need.

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Get Help for Your Child’s Feeding Issues Today

If your child is experiencing feeding issues, don’t wait to seek help. Contact our pediatricians to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan. Your child’s health and well-being depend on it.
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