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Feeding Concerns

Are you concerned about your child's feeding or eating habits?

Your child may benefit from feeding therapy if any of the following red flags are present.


Feeding diffiiculties in children

Feeding concerns that warrant therapy can range from physical issues like choking, coughing, and prolonged feeding times in infants to behavioral problems in older children such as restrictive diets, aversion to certain food textures, or difficulties transitioning to more complex foods and self-feeding, all potentially leading to poor weight gain or even weight loss.

Feeding therapy for kids in Mokena, IL

0-6 months

  • Frequent coughing or choking during feeding

  • Arching of the back during or after feeding

  • Feedings taking longer than 30 minutes

  • Frequent and projectile vomiting

  • Poor weight gain

  • Eating and breathing coordination problems

7-12 months

  • Frequently turning head away from food when presented to them

  • Difficulty transitioning to baby food purees by 10 months of age

  • Protruding tongue forward frequently when eating purees after 10 months of age

  • Restricted to 5-10 foods

  • No interest in self-feeding by 12 months of age

  • Coughing or gagging when eating and/or drinking

  • Not able to accept any table food solids by 12 months of age

  • Refuses to open mouth when food is presented to them

12 months and over

  • Highly restrictive diet (less than 15 foods)

  • Coughing or choking on liquids

  • Unable to drink from an open cup or straw

  • Coughing or choking on bite-sized foods

  • Losing significant weight secondary to refusal to eat

  • Difficulty transitioning off baby food purees

  • Cries when food is presented to them

  • Aversion or avoidance of all foods in a specific texture or food group

Reference: Fraker C, Walbert L: Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders from NICU to Childhood

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