Feeding Related Difficulties

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Learn How to Enjoy Meal Times


Is your child refusing to eat? Trying new foods is out of the question?  Meal time has become too much of a struggle and it has started to create stress for the family?  Are you spending a lot of time planning meals in the hope your child will eat?


Fussy eating is part of early childhood development.  It can be how your child asserts his or her independence.  Around 50% of Australian toddlers show fussy eating signs: not liking the colour, shape or texture of foods for instance.  Most of these children become more adventurous with their eating as they grow up.  The problem is when your child consistently not only refuses to try new foods, but does eat enough or refuses to eat altogether.


What are feeding problems in Infancy and Early Childhood?


It is also known as Feeding Disorder of Infancy and Early Childhood.  It is a condition where children of 6 years of age or under refuse to eat or eat enough food to gain weight and grow normally, for a period of one month or more. If you ignore it in the hope it’ll get better in time, it can result in negatively impacting both your child’s physical and psychological development in the long term.  It can delay healthy development and thus prevent your child from thriving.  This in turn can result in behavioural problems and performance in school.  In very rare instances, it can also be indicative of conditions in the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  For this reason, early recognition and management is important.


If you notice your child has any of the following, your child may be experiencing feeding problems:


  • Loses weight or not much weight gain,
  • Suffers from constipation,
  • Shows signs of excessive sleepiness
  • Social withdraws and shows apathy
  • Has problems swallowing and chewing so self feeding is challenging,
  • Chocking, gagging and vomiting are just too common.
  • Fussy eating: eating only food of a certain type, colour, shape or texture.



At Vida Psychology our Specialised Infant, Child and Adolescents Psychologists can assist you in identifying if your child’s feeding refusal is part of their development or something else needing more attention.  Your Psychologist will provide you with proven tools and techniques to encourage your child to eat and address any other underlying issues.


Feeding times don’t have to be a struggle anymore.  Learn how to make the most of meal times by calling one of our Psychologists on 9328 3636.

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