Pediatric Feeding Disorders a child who has a feeding disorder does not consume enough food or hydration to support weight gain and grow normally. Feeding disorders impact 25% of children with that percentage increasing to 80% of children with developmental delays. Children with feeding disorders will typically eat food from only certain food groups while completely avoiding other food groups. They will also avoid adverse textures to them or liquids needed for development and growth. In contrast a picky eater may also eat a limited number of foods but the food types span all the food groups. Signs and symptoms of a feeding disorder include but are not limited to difficulty accepting and swallowing different textures, having tantrums when it is time to eat, refusing to eat solids or liquids, choking, gaging and vomiting when eating. They may experience oral motor and sensory issues. Children at a higher risk for feeding disorders include those who have a gastrostomy (g-tube), nano-gastric (ng-tube) dependency, Gastroesphogeal reflux disease, Gastrointestinal motility disorder, palate defects, prematurity, failure to thrive, oral motor dysfunction, esophagitis, food allergies, behavior management issues etc. Feeding disorders impact growth, cause susceptibility to chronic illness and even death. Awareness of risk factors, early interventions, clinical presentation at an early age has the best outcomes. Contact Foundation Speech Therapy, Inc. today to learn more about treatment options.