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Feeding Therapy for Children - featured February 7, 2011

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Feeding Therapy for Children

By: Pamela Wilson

[Source: BellaOnline.com]

Editor's Note: While this article was written for parents rather than clinicians, we thought it was 'worth repeating' to read and share with the parents of your kiddos.

Babies and young children sometimes have nursing, eating or mealtime issues that benefit from the observations and suggestions of a speech therapist or other professional familiar with the developmental, sensory and motor planning issues involved.

Parents may be concerned that an otherwise healthy baby is not gaining weight, refuses to nurse, chokes while nursing, or has other difficulties. Some infants show no difficulty in nursing but have physical or behavioral problems when transitioning to spoon or finger feeding, or when they are introduced to new textures or combinations.

Sometimes babies with special needs have problems related to mouthing, chewing or swallowing, or have been delayed in transitioning to nursing or eating by mouth due to medical reasons. Small babies and those whose mouths have difficulty latching on or suckling often need special attention or aids to help them develop the physical strength and skills used for nursing. If they have not learned to nurse in their earliest weeks or have been fed via tube for an extended period, it may take quite a bit of time for them to develop the physical skills needed.

Babies and children who have relied on tube feeding may have an aversion to oral feeding. Those with sensory defensiveness in other areas may find certain textures unbearable. Young children who have not been diagnosed with anything but are recognized as 'picky' eaters may also benefit from an evaluation by a specialist.

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