Does Your Child Have Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)?

picky eater

This article is a must-read for any parent of a young child with “picky eating”. Although it is normal for a toddler to go through phases of being fussy about food, it is wise to pay attention if it continues. I work on a “Feeding Team” at a children’s hospital and before this diagnosis was introduced, we referred to these kids as having “Feeding Difficulties” however now we understand how complex the issue can be! We refer many of these children for outpatient “feeding therapy” to help them overcome their issues. It is sad when physicians and parents don’t worry just because a child is growing well. In time, the result is a teenager who only eats a small variety of foods and whose growth as well as social life has been compromised. And it all could have been prevented with early intervention.

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