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ADHD is a mental health disorder which presents in early childhood and causes excessive activity, behaviour problems and lack of ability to pay attention. Many children with ADHD may also have feeding difficulties due to the nature of the condition. If your child’s feeding habits or difficulties are ruining your meal times or you think they are affecting the child’s growth and development, our feeding team can help.

If your baby or child has ADHD and feeding difficulties our specialist dietitians can help. To book an assessment please contact us.

What are the symptoms of ADHD and feeding difficulties?

Children with ADHD can present with many different symptoms and feeding difficulties. Some common feeding problems of children with ADHD are:

If your baby or child has one or more of these symptoms described, they may have ADHD and feeding difficulties. If your child has already been diagnosed with ADHD, or they have not and you think they have a feeding difficulty, our dietitian led multidisciplinary team can help.

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Why do children with ADHD have problems with feeding?

The cause of feeding difficulties in children with ADHD is mainly caused by their inability to concentrate for long periods of time. Children with ADHD are at higher risk of nutritional deficiencies and feeding difficulties due to the disruptions in behaviour that these children experience. Our dietitians will assess the dietary intake and nutritional adequacy of your child with ADHD to ensure they have a healthy balanced diet. If you are worried about your child’s intake or they need help with weight management please do not hesitate to get in contact with us for a full assessment and individualised plan to overcome their feeding difficulties.

What treatment can you provide for children with feeding concerns related to ADHD?

There are many feeding difficulties that can affect a child with ADHD, with a large proportion being underweight and malnourished. Your child may struggle to sit through mealtimes, show a lack of interest in food or be very specific about foods they will and won't eat. Our multidisciplinary team of dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists can assess and treat your child’s feeding difficulties and provide an individualised treatment plan which is right for them, enabling them lead a normal, healthy childhood. To book an assessment please contact us.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids

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