Mathews Journal of Pediatrics


Previous Issues Volume 9, Issue 1 - 2024

Evolution of Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Kimberly Brown*

Kimberly Brown PhD, Psychological Services, PLLC, Rochester, NY, USA

 *Corresponding author: Dr. Kimberly Brown, PhD, Psychological Services, PLLC, Rochester, NY, USA, Phone: 585-210-2332, Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Received Date: April 17, 2024

Published Date: May 08, 2024

Citation: Brown K. (2024). Evolution of Pediatric Feeding Disorders. Mathews J Pediatr. 9(1):36.

Copyrights: Brown K. © (2024).


Feeding difficulties have not been well defined over the last 50 years, causing lack of early identification, fragmented care, and difficulty obtaining services. Medical diagnoses have advanced from Failure to Thrive (FTT), Feeding Difficulties and Mismanagement, and most recently, Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFD). Psychiatric diagnoses have evolved from Feeding Disorder of Infancy and Early Childhood (similar to FTT) and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Occupational therapists and Speech Language Pathologists use different diagnoses codes to treat Feeding Disorders (e.g., sensory integration disorder, dysphagia). It is important to increase consensus and understanding of these disorders, improve early identification, and accurate diagnosis. This paper describes diagnostic criteria and assessment questions for pediatricians and other professionals to more quickly identify PFD’s and provide early intervention.

Keywords: Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

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