When does picky eating become a problem? A few facts will help you determine whether your little one could benefit from feeding therapy.

Problem feeding is not a typical part of child development. While all children go through food jags and some are quite picky, problem feeders often

  • eat fewer than 20 foods
  • omit foods from their already restricted list
  • refuse specific food colors/textures/temperatures completely
  • become visibly upset when a novel food is presented
  • refuse to even touch a novel food
  • are rigid and inflexible during mealtime

Problem feeders may demonstrate nutritional deficiencies, decreased caloric intake, and other health issues. If your child is experiencing the above problems, his or her pediatrician will step in to determine the next steps. In addition to the pediatrician, a multidisciplinary feeding team will be put together, including a nutritionist, occupational therapist, and speech pathologist. Working with professionals who are intent on collaborating will be the most beneficial aspect of your child’s care. At NPT, collaboration is a cornerstone of our service delivery.

 

Picky eating can be typical during childhood. However, if symptoms worsen, feeding therapy may be beneficial for your child. Picky eaters typically

  • eat around 30 foods consistently
  • eat foods from various groups
  • eat foods varying in texture
  • may refuse novel foods, but will not tantrum if a new food is suggested
  • will accept a novel food when presented over 10 times
    While picky eating can be stressful at home, there are a number of strategies that can be implemented to ease the stress that mealtime with your child may bring.Call Colleen at NPT to schedule a free consultation and receive your complimentary bonus material surrounding picky eating and problem feeding.sources include the SOS approach to feeding sosapproach-conferences.com