March 10, 2016 By Melanie Potock MA
Many children go through a phase of picky eating as toddlers or preschoolers, but what appears to be just a phase might indicate something more serious. At least 20 percent of apparently typical children get diagnosed with feeding disorders. I most commonly treat infants, toddlers and young school-age children; however, increased awareness in the media about avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) caused more parents to inquire about feeding treatment. They often say they expected their child to grow out of the picky stage but, sadly, it’s only getting worse.