Red Flags for Feeding Difficulties

Food! Mealtime! Are you having difficulty with your child eating a variety of foods? It’s understanding how hard it is to ensure your child is consuming a variety of foods to be healthy and grow. If you recognize two or more symptoms below in your child’s feeding, please speak to your pediatrician to determine if a feeding evaluation is warranted.

Does your child present with one or more symptoms during mealtimes?

  • Avoids all foods in specific texture or food group
  • Choking, gagging, or coughing during meals
  • Mealtimes are a battle for your child to eat non-preferred foods
  • History of a traumatic choking event
  • Medical condition: acid reflux, respiratory issues, etc.
  • During 2 or more well check visits child was reported as being a “picky eater”
  • Poor weight gain or weight loss
  • Eats/consumes less than 20 foods by 24 months of age
  • Difficulty transitioning to baby food purees by 10 months of age
  • Difficulty consuming any table food solids by 12 months of age
  • Difficulty weaning off of baby foods by 16 months of age

Written by: Shannon McKinnie, MS, CCC-SLP

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