Signs your child may have a feeding disorder

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Signs your child may have a feeding disorder

A feeding disorder is a problem where a child cannot gather and get ready to suck, chew and process the food in their mouth. This is different than dysphasia, which is actually a problem with the swallowing and the coordination in the throat. Some signs that you may have that your child is having a feeding disorder, is that they are having a really long time at their meals, maybe 30 to 45 minutes. They have problems with chewing. Maybe they are stuck on one texture, so they always want really soft foods. Those are some signs that they may have a feeding issue. Their growth might be affected. These are some signs, not all the signs. The way that feeding disorders are treated, you would talk to your pediatrician and tell them your concerns. You would usually be referred to what they call a feeding team. Those consists of an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, usually there is a dietitian on the team, the physician. As a team they would figure out the best treatment for your child to help get them more ready to eat the foods they need to keep them strong and healthy.

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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.


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