Feeding difficulties are common in early life and in addition to causing considerable family stress may adversely affect growth and health. They are also a frequent feature of chronic childhood illness, particularly in neurodisability. While various different multidisciplinary approaches to assessment and management are described, none have been directed to managing the whole spectrum of feeding problems in children with and without underlying disease. Although specialist feeding clinics attempt to address a very clear need for expert help and support on the part of families and patients, few data have been published to establish the effectiveness of the interventions offered.
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