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Poor feeding in infants
Alternative namesFeeding - lack of interest; Infant - lack of interest in feeding
DefinitionPoor feeding is when an infant either demonstrates a lack of interest in feeding, or an inability to take in adequate nutrition.
ConsiderationsPoor feeding is a nonspecific symptom seen in newborn and young infants that can result from many conditions, including infection, metabolic disorders, genetic disorders, structural abnormalities, and neurological disorders.
Poor feeding is not an indicator of the severity of the disease, but it is an indicator that (even in the absence of other symptoms) suggests close watching of the infant.
Home CareWatch closely for the development of other signs and symptoms of illness, including signs of dehydration . Also watch the height, weight, and general development closely for signs of malnutrition or failure to thrive .
Call your health care provider if
A child who is feeding poorly will often have other symptoms and signs that, when taken together, define a specific syndrome or condition. Diagnosis of that condition is based on a family history, medical history, and thorough physical evaluation.
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions like the following:
Laboratory studies such as X-rays, GI studies, and blood tests may be ordered to confirm the presence of a suspected disorder.
Although the health care provider maintains records on your baby, it is a good idea to maintain your own records of office visit findings, test results, and your own observations of your baby's health. You should add measurements that you do at home (such as height and weight).
Bring your records to the health care provider's attention if you notice any abnormalities, or if you have questions about your baby's development. If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider as the cause of poor feeding, you note this diagnosis in your record.
Update Date: 4/22/2003Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT