Do You Have Concerns About Your Child's Feeding?

Does your child exhibit any of the following?

  • eats 20 foods or less
  • limits those foods to around 2-10 accepted foods
  • eats the same food every day for several weeks and then stops and never eats it again (food jag)
  • has “safe foods”
  • cries and tantrums when he/she is presented with a new food
  • gags or vomits when shown or tries to eat certain foods
  • avoids touch or taste of certain foods
  • refuses categories of food because of texture or color
  • needs a routine around food
  • does not eat a new food after typically 10 exposures
  • has very long meal times

If this is your child, how do you distinguish between picky and a problem eater?

The biggest difference between a “picky eater” and a child with a feeding problem is …

  • the child with the feeding problem’s growth and development is being affected by their limited diet and refusal of foods.
  • A child with a feeding problem does not have a varied diet and has completely ruled out many of the food groups from their intake.
  • A child with a feeding problem might exhibit physiologic reactions to the sight, smell, and taste of foods including retching, gagging, vomiting, flushed face, increased agitation, or anxiety as well.

Do you have questions about your child’s feeding habits? Take our feeding quiz.

TEIS therapists will

  • work with you to develop strategies that will fit into your family’s mealtime routines.
  • use a positive approach to feeding that is focused on creating a healthy, life long relationship with food.
  • help your child to develop the strength and coordination in using the small muscles around the mouth, in order to manage food.
  • address difficulty with food textures, as well as make sure the body and brain are in an organized state for mealtime

If you are concerned about your child’s feeding, trust your instincts. Call us at 412-271-8347 or

A TEIS occupational therapist can help your child develop a healthy relationship with food, making mealtimes more enjoyable for your entire family.

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