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    Recognizing the Red Flags of Feeding Difficulties: 4/6 – 36 mo.

    Jan 10, 2024

     

     

    Recognizing the Red Flags of Feeding Difficulties in Infants (4/6 – 36 mo.)

    Recognizing the Red Flags of Feeding Difficulties in Infants (4/6 – 36 mo.)

    Feeding your newborn is a precious and essential part of parenthood. Yet, it can also become a source of concern when your baby exhibits signs of feeding difficulties. Awareness of these ‘red flags’ can help you seek timely intervention and support.

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    Red Flags Checklist: Here are key red flags to watch for in children aged 4 to 36 months:

    Cries Around Mealtime:

    Persistent crying during or around mealtime may signal discomfort or challenges.

    Gagging and Choking When Eating:

    Pay attention if your child frequently gags or chokes during meals.

    Difficulty Chewing:

    If your child struggles with chewing food properly, it could indicate oral motor difficulties.

    Picky Eater or Eats Only Certain Textures:

    Limited food preferences or a strong aversion to certain textures might indicate sensory issues.

    Does Not Eat Independently:

    Lack of interest or ability to eat independently may be a developmental concern.

    Difficulty Transitioning Off the Bottle or Off Formula:

    Resistance to transitioning from bottle feeding or formula might point to underlying issues.

    Overstuffs Mouth with Food:

    Be cautious if your child consistently overfills their mouth while eating.

    Takes Too Long to Eat:

    Prolonged meal times may suggest challenges in the eating process.

    Difficulty Gaining Weight:

    Slow or inadequate weight gain can be a red flag for feeding difficulties.

    History of Reflux:

    A history of reflux may impact your child’s comfort during meals.

    Suspected or History of Tongue or Lip Tie:

    Keep in mind any suspected or previously diagnosed tongue or lip tie.

    If you observe one or more of these red flags in your child’s feeding behavior, seeking professional help can make a significant difference. At Little Eaters and Talkers, our team of specialists is dedicated to identifying and addressing feeding difficulties in toddlers and preschoolers. Early intervention can pave the way for improved eating habits, speech development, and overall well-being for your child.

    Remember, your proactive approach today can shape a healthier and more enjoyable feeding journey for your child tomorrow.

    Talk to our feeding and speech experts

    Talk to our feeding and speech experts