Children of all ages can experience a variety of feeding problems. Feeding problems can be caused by a child's dietary preferences or an underlying medical problem.
Issues and symptoms of feeding problems include:
Sometimes, feeding problems are due to a child's dietary preferences. Other times, the condition might indicate another underlying medical problem such as:
If you are concerned about your child’s eating problems, you should discuss them with your child’s doctor. If your child’s symptoms indicate certain feeding problems, a pediatric gastroenterologist will perform exams and tests to make a diagnosis.
Diagnostic exams and tests for feeding problems include:
Treatment options for feeding problems often depend on the underlying cause of the problem and include:
The doctor will recommend a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of the feeding problem and is tailored to your child's unique needs.
Visit the websites below to find support groups and services and learn more about feeding problems in children.
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
The pediatric gastroenterologists at Riley at IU Health participate in research projects that examine the various causes of feeding problems. Ask your child's doctor for more information about these studies.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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