Feeding Infants, Children & Teenagers

We will show you how to get your child to feed them self willingly, independently, and attuned to their appetite.

We look at the whole child. Your child’s feeding experience is influenced by many factors, in particular: their environment, any medical issues, psychological elements, sensory system, oral motor skill and nutrition status.

Eating is learned behaviour and one of the most complex tasks that a human needs to coordinate. It make sense that it can take time to learn how to do it in a way that results in eating a wide range of foods. If it doesn’t work well for a child, challenges them beyond comfort or causes them pain, then a child will naturally opt out.

Who can we help?

  • Children who run away from food
  • Children who can’t bear to touch food
  • Children who do not eat vegetables
  • Children who won’t sit at the table to eat dinner
  • Children who need to watch a smart phone, tablet or TV to eat meals
  • Children who won’t chew meat
  • Children who will only eat food that is presented in perfectly cut triangles or a particular colour
  • Children who are fussy or picky or difficult to feed
  • Children who run away from food
  • Children who can’t bear to touch food
  • Parents who want to ensure that their child is getting adequate nutrition for age and development
  • Parents who want to understand what is developmentally appropriate for their child
  • Parents who want to prevent feeding problems
  • Parents that want their children to eat family meals
  • Children of all ages

How can we help?

  • Understand what is affecting your child ‘s feeding problem and how to tackle it
  • Assess the nutritional adequacy of your child’s food intake
  • Give you practical suggestions and steps to help your child eat family meals
  • Show you how to teach your child self feeding skills
  • How to encourage your child’s natural feeding development

When we bring it all together, we can effectively work with parents to help assess, identify and understand what may be influencing their child’s eating experience, skills and behaviour; to enable steps that may help improve the feeding challenges and have their child progressively eating to their good appetite.

Our dietitians who can support your condition:

Ines Astudillo

I experienced first-hand the life changing impact that nutrition had on my wellbeing. At the age of 5, after much force feeding by mother, I remember… view bio