Mealtime is a multisensory experience. Let’s take a closer look at the specific sensory properties that influence our mealtimes to better understand how multisensory input might be influencing the mealtime experience of children.
By children who were born with an illness or abnormality and/or who exhibit an eating problem or who are fed with a feeding tube, every day is defined by numbers – the child’s weight is measured several times a week, the calorie count of the enteral nutrition is calculated, the quantity of each meal is measured out.
What about children whose food repertoire becomes limited to fewer than five options and who, after weeks or even months, can’t allow for even the smallest alterations?
Intrauterine growth retardation means that the child during pregnancy was not able to reach its genetic growth potential. If the IUGR child has had a tube placed it is important to know if catch-up growth is expected. NoTube children who are supplied with a feeding tube and are prescribed large quantities of food in order to catch-up.
Failure to thrive describes a child that fails to meet its growth expectations, and although often referred to as a diagnosis, it is only a descriptive term and word for defining the observed state. In a large number of children the cause of reduced food intake is food refusal due to behavioural or eating disorders, these are multifactorial in origin. It is important for medical professionals to identify these and try to treat them before considering tube feeding.
Though children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are unable to understand feelings it is still possible to help them learn to eat and try something new.
Learn to Eat (LTE) was originally developed in connection with tube-weaning as a pre or post weaning program. Since then this program has been continually developed and extended. Now there are people at NoTube who only book this program or who come to us specifically for it.
In this article you will learn more about Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and how it can be treated.
Food aversion is considered a disease by the medical community. However, in some aspects, it can be considered a feature of an intelligent child.