Topics Discussed: ability to control bolus of food; bolus of food; child nutrition disorders; feeding and eating disorders of childhood; feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood; feeding behaviors; feeding difficulties; feeding disorder of infancy or early childhood; nutrition and nutritional deficiencies; oropharynx.
Sections: Preoral Phase, Swallowing, Evaluation of the Child with a Feeding Disorder, Treatment of Feeding Disorders, References.
Excerpt:"Feeding includes food acquisition, ingestion, digestion, and
absorption. This activity relieves hunger and provides multisensory
stimulation, resulting in a pleasant, rewarding experience for both
the child and the caretaker. Successful feeding experiences create
positive reciprocal interactions that reinforce the bonding relationship
between child and caretaker. Feeding disorders prevent the infant
from ingesting adequate nutrients for continued health, growth,
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