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Eating problems in children: Information for parents

Claudine Fox and Carol Joughin


Price: £10.00

College members' price: £9.00

Published: Oct 2002

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 62

ISBN: 9781901242867

Eating problems in children: Information for parents

The majority of pre-school children will, at some time in the first five years of life experience some problems with eating. For example, they may only eat a small number of different foods, eat very little or refuse to eat altogether. For most of these children, this is a passing phase, which they will grow out of. However, for some, the eating problem is more severe, may be longer lasting and cause high anxiety for parents and carers.
 
This book provides parents and carers with information regarding eating problems in children between the ages of 5 and 12 years, in order to provide support and reduce the anxiety that is often caused by having a child who has problems with eating.
 
The book tackles issues such as:
 
  • The different types of eating problems that children can suffer from, including case examples.
  • How many children suffer from problematic eating.
  • The causes of eating problems in children.
  • The different types of professionals who treat children with eating problems.
  • The type of treatment available for children with eating problems.
  • The long-term outlook for children who suffer from problematic eating.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. What types of eating problems do children suffer from?

  • Identifying eating problems in children
  • Types of eating problems in children
  • Eating problems and age groups

2. How many children suffer from eating problems?

  • What do we know?
  • Is the number of children who suffer from eating problems rising?

3. What causes eating problems in children?

  • Why do some children have problems with eating?
  • Are some children more likely to suffer from eating problems than others?

4. Who treats children with eating problems?

  • What types of professionals treat children with eating problems?
  • What about specialist services for children with eating problems?

5. What type of treatment is available for children with eating problems?

  • To whom should you go to begin with?
  • What does specialist treatment involve?
  • What types of treatment are available?
  • What should I do if my child has…?

6. What is the long-term outlook for children with eating problems?

  • What is the outlook for…?
  • What effect can eating problems have on growth and development?

7. Need more information?

Useful addresses

Further reading
 
Appendix: How to assess a child's growth potential
Adult height potential
Glossary
Index
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