Feeding, eating and swallowing issues are often tricky and hard to categorize by both physicians and parents alike. Usually parents and medical professionals state that the child in question is a “stubborn eater” or a “picky eater.”
In order to really understand and classify a feeding or swallowing problem we need to recognize the difference between a being “picky” and having a “disorder”. If any of these describe your child, you are not alone – we can help!
- A child that has a Feeding Disorder has difficulties with eating, sucking, chewing and swallowing different categories of food as well as different textures of food, resulting in the child’s refusal to eat and try new foods.
- A child who has a Swallowing Disorder (Dysphagia) has difficulties with either moving and/or sensing their tongue, lips, jaw, or cheeks to swallow food, liquids and pills accurately and safely from the mouth to the stomach while keeping their airway protected.
- A child who is a Picky Eater, eats at least 30 foods but can be fussy about eating particular textures, food groups or trying new foods.
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For more information from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, our governing body, please visit Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists in Swallowing and Feeding Disorders