Food refusal in babies, toddlers eating behaviours and tube weaning
Fussy Feeding in Babies and Toddlers
Assistance and support for parents for fussy feeders, food refusal, toddlers eating behaviours and tube weaning in infants.
Fussy and Difficult Feeding in Infants
It can be hard to understand why your baby stops feeding. Many things may be the trigger – illness, discomfort from the feed, (vomiting, pain, allergy) choking, and your anxiety this behaviour creates.
But whatever started it, it is important to stop any force feeding, persistent feeding, (over 45 minutes) or constantly offering the feed.
Michele Meehan is experienced in assisting with the transition back to ‘normal’ feeding
Eating Behaviour in Toddlers
The first thing you come to learn about your toddler is that YOU NEVER WIN A BATTLE WITH A TODDLER .
Toddlers’ main developmental goal is their strive for independence, so food battles become the best arena to demonstrate their power and control.
While this phase is something parents usually survive, other factors can mean that the food intake and fussiness gets extreme and food range becomes limited.
Through Michele’s work at the Royal Children’s Hospital she has seen many babies being fed by nasogastric tubes for various reasons.
Sometimes once the need for the tube is past we may find the baby has become dependent on the tube, and is uninterested in oral or self feeding .
In consultation with your paediatrician Michele is happy to help in a weaning plan to oral drinking and self feeding.