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Medical conditions

Babies and children with medical conditions are more likely to have feeding difficulties due to the nature of the condition itself, or due to the baby or child associating food with the medical condition. Medical conditions associated with feeding difficulties include:

You may think your baby or child is experiencing feeding difficulties alongside their medical condition but you can not get the help and support you need. Our multidisciplinary feeding team has experience and knowledge with many complex paediatric medical conditions and the associated feeding difficulties they may have alongside. Our team can assess, diagnose and treat your baby or child’s feeding difficulty alongside their medical condition to ensure they are receiving a diet adequate in energy and nutrients so they can grow and develop to their full potential.

What are the symptoms of medical conditions and feeding difficulties?

There are a large variety of medical conditions that can affect your baby or child’s feeding and the symptoms can vary greatly between each individual child. Here are some symptoms which may indicate your baby or child has feeding difficulties associated with their medical condition:

If your baby or child is showing these signs, they may have feeding difficulties associated with their medical condition. If your baby or child has a medical condition, it does not mean their feeding difficulty can not be treated. Our multidisciplinary team of dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists can assess your baby or child and treat the feeding difficulty they have, despite their medical condition.

Armel with Niamh and his mum

Why do babies and children with medical problems have problems with feeding?

Medical problems can change or alter the coordination, metabolism or the nutritional intake your baby or child can consume. Some medical conditions can also alter the route or texture in which a baby or child needs to be fed, such as with tube feeding or a textured diet. If your baby or child has a medical problem and you think they have an associated feeding difficulty, our multidisciplinary team can ensure it is taken seriously and support you to ensure they are getting an adequate nutritional intake for them to grow and develop.

What treatment can you provide for babies and children with feeding concerns related to medical conditions?

At the Kids Feeding Team, we can assess and treat the feeding difficulty associated with your baby or child’s medical condition. You may or may not have had a diagnosis for a medical condition yet but you fear they are showing signs of feeding difficulties. Our team can assist with all feeding difficulties which are associated with medical conditions. We understand your child may have been in and out of hospital during most of their young lives and have had not had the support you need. We offer immediate appointments with our experienced dietitians, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists to ensure the medical condition and difficulty are treated. To see if we can help 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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