Feeding and Swallowing
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's information about feeding and swallowing disorders including things to watch for, diagnosis criteria, and treatment approaches.
This article documents the transitions in infant feeding patterns across the first year of life and determinants of key aspects of infant feeding.
The development of deglutition of infants and children is understood best within the context of knowledge about the anatomy, physiology, and embryology of the aerodigestive tract. Meaningful interpretation of clinical and instrumental findings related to problems with deglutition can be most effective when clinicians have an appreciation for embryologic processes and an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the upper and lower aerodigestive tracts.
Healthy from the Start
This booklet from Zero to Three offers information and suggestiong for how parents can nurture their young child's body, heart and mind during feeding and mealtimes.
This e-medicine article provides an overview of Pica, an eating disorder typically defined as persistent ingestion of nonnutritive substances including differential diagnoses, treatment and medication.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institue of Health information about Pica.
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Pica: 307.52
A. Persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least 1 month
B. The eating of nonnutritive substances is inappropiate to the developmental level.
C. The eating behavior is not part of a culturally sanctioned practice
D. If the eating behavior occurs exclusively during the course of another mental disorder (e.g. Mental Retardation, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia), it is sufficiently severe to warrant independent clinical attention.