Pediatric feeding disorders occur when a child has difficulty preparing food or liquid in the mouth to be swallowed.
A child who struggles to prepare (chew) food or liquid in their mouth and swallow it may have a feeding disorder. Oftentimes, feeding disorders go hand in hand with dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and affect the child’s ability to get nutrition from eating and digesting food.
Pediatric feeding disorders can be caused by a variety of illnesses, diseases and congenital (present from birth) defects. The most common include: