A to Z: Feeding Problems, Infantenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/AtoZ_Dictionary_enHD1.jpgSome babies refuse to eat or don't eat enough. Others have problems digesting food. Learn more about common feeding problems here.Infant feeding problems, infant feeding disorders, infants, infancy, breastfeeding, infant formula, nutrition, babies, feeding, mealtime, mealtime negativity, developmental delays, early childhood development, failure to thrive, child psychology, nutritional supplements, food refusal, feeding problem, feed, food, dinner06/08/201504/01/201904/01/20198185076b-a62c-481c-a0c8-dc86938b05d8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/101559.html/<p><em>May also be called: Infant Feeding Problems</em></p> <p>Infant feeding problems are eating-related conditions or behaviors that keep a baby from getting the nutrition his or her&nbsp;growing body needs.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Feeding problems occur when babies refuse food, eat small amounts of food, eat a limited variety of food, or have problems digesting food. With infants who are still on <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breast-bottle-feeding.html/">breast milk or formula</a>, this can mean things like ineffective sucking, spitting up too much, or refusing the nipple or bottle. Feeding problems are quite common, affecting almost half of normally developing children and up to 80% of children with developmental delays. Usually most of these problems are not serious, especially if a child is doing well in terms of growth and development.</p> <p>Feeding problems can start for a number of reasons &mdash; particularly having an illness and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> in the first months of life &mdash; and they can cause parents a lot of stress and frustration. This often leads to a situation called &ldquo;mealtime negativity.&rdquo; The infant can start to associate bad feelings with mealtimes and food, which can make the feeding problems worse. Introducing a relaxed feeding environment with regular meals and emphasizing conversation, exploration of foods, and small portions can go a long way toward improving a child&rsquo;s feeding habits.</p> <p>Children with severe untreated feeding problems may have more serious issues with growth, behavior, and development that could become life threatening. Treatment is focused on identifying the problem as early as possible and taking steps to correct it. This can involve working with parents to establish better feeding practices, treating any underlying illnesses, and, if recommended by the doctor, giving the baby nutritional supplements to support his or her growth.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Feeding problems are common in children and can generally be improved with changes in household behaviors. Because feeding problems can become dangerous, parents should address them as soon as possible after diagnosis. Treatment can take some time and involve the whole family, so parents need to be patient and understanding to avoid making problems worse. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, many infant feeding problems can be controlled before they lead to more serious issues.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How OftenHere's info about how often to breastfeed your baby, how long it takes to nurse, and much more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breastfeed-often.html/96a43f7e-534a-4eeb-95c4-080e6ec54cec
Breastfeeding vs. Formula FeedingMaking a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one. There are some points to consider to help you decide which option is best for you and your baby.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breast-bottle-feeding.html/7169ccbe-8013-4c19-90e6-19862788f64d
Burping Your BabyHere's a quick guide to an important part of feeding a baby - burping.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/burping.html/d9d533bd-8d50-4d49-ab84-3b97fca9ce2a
Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-OldWhether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed13m.html/5f2fdec1-e571-44e6-8f45-4cc0c83a2c7b
Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-OldIs your baby is ready for solid foods? Learn how and when to get started.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed47m.html/1d8d9f97-7488-4301-b9e8-8f75d4462e43
Feeding Your NewbornThese guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle feeding can help you know what's right for you and your baby.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feednewborn.html/31c4eb38-d266-4e5a-b06b-c7ee09d8ced8
Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How OftenGet answers to some common formula-feeding inquiries, from how much newborns eat to what their diapers might look like.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/formulafeed-often.html/7a47527c-40b7-45f8-a7e1-b37323934fdc
Gastroesophageal RefluxWhen symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion happen a lot, it could be gastroesophageal reflux (GER). And it can be a problem for kids - even newborns.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/e7bf2cbd-1676-4ca9-a5d4-5d70052c0344
Nutrition Guide for ToddlersWhile growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-food.html/774434a1-8fe8-4977-87c9-84f158ec4fff
Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power StrugglesBy anticipating problems and offering choices, you can teach your toddler healthy eating habits and avoid power struggles about food.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-meals.html/856d0183-3599-492f-a9f8-d11f8c463af2
Your Child's Weight"What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-weight.html/47c960bc-61c9-4a05-933d-50f57967c0a7
Your Newborn's GrowthA newborn's growth and development is measured from the moment of birth. Find out if your baby's size is normal, and what to expect as your baby grows.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grownewborn.html/e0ab9fc0-9148-43ec-b047-e05f68aa23a8