Feeding Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood is a condition where a child under the age of six years old refuses to eat enough in order to maintain a healthy weight. The child will have no underlying medical or mental disorder to explain this.
The signs and symptoms do vary from child to child, and they vary in severity. In general the child may appear malnourished, be irritable and cry a lot, they may be withdrawn, as well as unemotional and unsociable. The results of this disorder are delays in the child’s development and their growth, as well as a loss of weight.
There is no real known cause for the disorder. It has been linked to parental neglect, poverty, or to parents who suffer from certain mental disorders. However it can also be caused by the child’s own emotional problems, or the fact they may be afraid to eat. This can be linked more so if they have had an episode where they may have choked on food in the past.
Feeding Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood can lead to medical health problems. If left untreated the child could suffer permanent physical and mental damage, as well as develop permanent behavioural problems.