A picky eater is very different from a problem eater and knowing the difference between the two is important. "Pediatric Feeding Disorder" or PFD is a diagnosis for many kids that cross the picky eater boundary. Here is a quick summary:
It's beneficial to find out early as it may prevent the development of conditions that negatively impact a child's cognitive, physical, emotional and social development. In addition, feeding is shown to be a complex skill that develops within a feeding relationship. Earlier detection and treatment of PFD can also reduce adverse effecting caregiver and child relationships! How do you know when that boundary is crossed? There is a quick questionnaire that has been shown to accurately identify and differentiate between PFD from picky eating from Feeding Matters
. If you have concerns about your Picky Eater or Problem Feeder, speak with your child’s pediatrician about feeding therapy. You can even fill out and print this Feeding Questionnaire to take in with you to share with your child’s pediatrician.