Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cheryl Scheepers | 2011-07-22

Q.

eating disorders

Son, 8yrs, Epileptic, congnitive handicap &  autistic - does not want to eat. Please help!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Feeding problems are common in children with these conditions.Children often have problems with swallowing and possibly reflux as well.Food intake should be increased with advice from a dietician and also a speech therapist and an occupational therapist as advice about food texture and feeding position is essential. This refers especially to the position that your son's head and body need to be in during feeding sessions.If your son's food intake remains poor or if he cannot swallow properly it may be necessary for him to have a gastrostomy tube for feeding. You need to discuss all of this with his paediatric neurologist and a team apprach is needed.

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