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Why doesn’t my toddler want to eat real food?

by Jennifer McCullough M.S. CCC-SLP As a pediatric feeding therapist I get asked this question often. Many toddlers ranging in age from 10 months to 24 months come in to see me because they refuse to transition from their bottle/breast feeding and purees to chunky and chewable solids. They refuse by turning their heads, pushing…

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A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding

By the age of two, the typically developing child has the ability to eat a wide variety of food textures and usually has been exposed to a variety of food tastes.Medical issues, delays or disorders in gross motor development, and sensory processing issues may contribute to feeding disorders. Children with sensory regulation problems may or…

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Foods that Encourage Chewing

Beginning Stage: Cubes of hard cheese such as cheddar, Monterrey jack, and American Cubes of white meat, chicken roll, and turkey roll Partially cooked carrots, potatoes, green beans – cubed or cut in lengths for biting Grilled cheese sandwiches – cubes or strips French toast – cubes or strips Firm omelets – cubes or strips…

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Infant Feeding Guidelines

The first year of an infant’s life is his/her most rapid growth period. Nutrition is important for good health and growth. The types of foods your baby needs will change during the first year. A normal full term baby needs only breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula for about four to six months. Baby foods fed…

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Sippy Cup Do’s and Don’t’s

Sippy cups can be a great way for your baby to transition from nursing or bottle-feeding to a regular cup. They can also help improve hand-to-mouth coordination. When your baby has the motor skills to handle a cup, but not the skills to keep the drink from spilling, a sippy cup can give some independence…

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Feeding Disorders

The term “feeding disorder” refers to a condition in which an infant or child is unable or refuses to eat, or has difficulty eating, which can result in frequent illnesses, failure to grow normally, and even death. Feeding disorders should not be confused with eating disorders, such as anorexia, which are more common in adolescence…

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