Problems involving quantity and quality of food intake and eating patterns are a frequent cause of concern for parents of young children. It has been estimated that almost half of all preschoolers have eating problems at some point (Bentovim, 1970). These problems range from selective refusal to eat certain food items to life-threatening ingestion of nonfood items and health-threatening obesity. In this chapter, we will review normal developmental patterns of food choice, appetite, and eating skills, as well as discussing both medical and psychological disorders involving eating behavior. In addition, the related topics of colic, bruxism, and thumb-sucking and pacifier use will be addressed. Behavioral, medical, and mental health interventions with documented efficacy in treating these disorders will also be presented.
KeywordsSolid Food Lead Poisoning Cognitive Restructuring Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Eating Problem
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