Chapter 5

Eating Disorders


Eating problems in children can be very overwhelming to parents who struggle to find foods that their child will eat and who may have behaviors that make mealtimes a nightmare. Parents often worry that their child won’t be nourished properly if they eat a limited diet. The child’s oral-motor difficulties may make eating so difficult that the child might aspirate or choke on food. Or the child may have problems sucking, chewing, and swallowing, making the process of eating difficult and exasperating for both parent and child. Some children are so hypersensitive to touch on their face and mouth that certain food textures are aversive to them. There are also children who simply refuse to eat, hate sitting at the ...

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