What is typical feeding behavior?

A recent study revealed that almost half of parents describe their child as a “picky eater”.  Many parents and professionals struggle to identify if a child is a “picky eater”, or a “problem feeder” that requires intervention.  Dr. Kay A. Toomey, a pediatric psychologist and feeding specialist, has developed a list of specific observations to assist in differentiating commonplace feeding behaviors and feeding difficulties that require intervention.


Dr. Toomey has also outlined feeding “red flags”.  If a child presents with one of these, they should be seen by a feeding specialist.


If you have further concerns regarding you child’s feeding, do not hesitate to discuss it further with your pediatrician or contact me at 760-685-7694.