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Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

Feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood are caused by physical reasons or the environment the child is in - namely the parenting skills being used or not used. If a child loses a lot of weight suddenly or is small for their age and doesn't seem to growing normally, it may be a sign that a feeding or eating disorder is present. If the symptoms of feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood do appear, there are many treatment options available, with online therapy from the therapists here at GoMentor.com being one of them. Before you can know if that is the help you need, here is some other information about feeding and eating disorders.

Types of Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

These are the three main varieties of feeding and eating disorders found in children.


  • Pica  - This disorder centers around eating non-food materials - some hazardous and some not.
  • Rumination Disorder - This chronic eating disorder focuses on a person's mild regurgitation of food after meals - not vomiting.
  • Feeding Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood - When malnutrition is not caused by a medical problem, it is referred to as a feeding disorder of infancy or early childhood.

Causes of Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

There are many causes of these type of eating disorders in children. Some center around bad parenting, others poverty, while some children inherit the eating or feeding disorder through their genes. For bad parenting, damage can be done by misreading eating cues from the child and not giving enough food or over feeding when the child is not hungry. Parents with emotional disorders may have an affect on the eating habits of their children. In addition to these causes, there are other physical reasons children get disorders that cause them to fail to thrive and grow, including various diseases, sensory deficiencies, or even muscular disorders.

Symptoms of Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

The symptoms of feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood are very similar to those of malnutrition, including physical signs as well as emotional indicators. Because food isn't being provided or doesn't have enough nutrients, growth and development are delayed, causing children to be significantly lighter than they should be for the age. Because they're not getting the nutrients they need, the child may display withdrawal and irritability.

Treatment for Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

Because the symptoms and risks of eating disorders are so dangerous for children who are still growing, it is crucial to seek treatment if one is diagnosed. Here at GoMentor.com, you can find therapists who offer online therapy for all types of eating and feeding disorders. You can book online therapy sessions with trained therapists who specialize in helping families deal with all the issues related to this disorder. Malnutrition can have many negative effects on the body, which is why it is so vital that treatment be sought if feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood have become a problem. Online therapy for eating disorders may be relatively new, but here at GoMentor.com, we have the guidance and support needed to deal with these types of disorders.

Definition of Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

Feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood cause children to lose weight rapidly or to not gain weight and grow normally. Other symptoms include irritability as well as other signs that are common with malnutrition. Therapy and counseling for parents may be able to help with treatment for feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood

  • Delays in development
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawal

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