What is a feeding disorder?

A feeding disorder is characterized by one or more factors that can lead to inadequate nutrition, delayed weight gain and/or growth. Children can display several symptoms, including but not limited to:

• Food selectivity by type, color or texture

• Total food or liquid refusal

• Liquid dependency

• Oral motor deficits (i.e. chewing and swallowing)

• Sensory issues

• Gagging/Vomiting

• Difficulty transitioning to age appropriate foods

These issues are often accompanied by behavior problems such as packing, expulsions, crying and tantrums.

Without adequate oral intake, the child may be at risk for or dependent on a nasogastric or gastronomy tube.

This is where Next Step can help.