A variety of medical conditions can impact your child’s ability to eat, including:
Many times, children are referred to the Feeding Difficulties Center for a fairly general problem related to eating, such as failure to thrive or being a picky eater. Once they are seen by our specialists – including our gastrointestinal physician or our neurodevelopmental physician – we sometimes discover an underlying condition that is causing the feeding issue.
Through testing, we can pinpoint and treat the medical condition that is causing the child to have trouble with eating. Depending on the symptoms and issues your child is exhibiting, we may perform the following diagnostic tests:
Note that in some cases, children need to receive behavioral intervention services to address an underlying condition – such as ADHD – before we can effectively treat the child specifically for feeding difficulties.
Our professional team takes the time to get to know your child so that we can create a customized care plan just for him or her. No two children’s care plans are exactly alike, and we pride ourselves on the expert recommendations and care plans we can provide to families due to our years of success in caring for children with feeding disorders. By entrusting us with your child’s care, we ask that you respect our professional recommendations and follow our care plan that is backed with years of experience in treating children like yours.
We believe that parent and family involvement is critical to your child’s success in meeting his or her feeding goals. Beyond just the scope of our program, here are some ways that parents can help their child improve their feeding:
Once we have received the referral from your child’s pediatrician or other primary care provider, we will contact your insurance company and provide you with detailed information on your plan’s coverage. This way, you will know what may or may not be covered prior to your child’s first appointment with us. (Note that we cannot ever guarantee insurance payments, and any balance accrued at the Feeding Difficulties Center is ultimately your responsibility).