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For many children, eating is a challenging task. Feeding problems affect an estimated 1 in 4 children who are developing typically and 8 in 10 children with special needs.

At Atrium Health Levine Children’s Feeding Center, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating infants and children with feeding difficulties. Our goals are to help identify what’s causing a child’s feeding challenges and to connect families to necessary resources for successful treatment.

What to expect from Levine Children’s Feeding Center

Providing early, appropriate and skilled interventions is important to successfully treat infants and children with feeding difficulties. Our team offers care for patients with feeding problems from birth to 18 years of age.

Each patient is evaluated by experts in:
  • Developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • Nutrition
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Pediatric gastroenterology

Our dedicated team reflects the expertise of Levine Children’s Hospital, named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. We’re the only children's hospital in our region to make the list and have ranked in multiple specialties for several years.

Treating feeding problems

Depending on your child’s needs, we provide:
  • Feeding therapy services
  • Follow-up appointments to check progress
  • Resources to address behavioral and social issues
  • Medical evaluation and management of feeding problems
  • Education and guidance for diet and nutrition
  • Coordination with other providers involved in your child’s care

In addition to expert care, we believe family is the most important part of a child’s treatment, and their role is to provide support and guidance.

Signs of a feeding problem

Feeding disorders have many potential causes. These may include issues with oral motor skills (moving muscles in the mouth, jaw, tongue, lips and cheeks), difficulty swallowing, sensory processing disorders, digestive system disorders, allergies, behavioral challenges and other factors.

Signs of a feeding problem include:
  • Picky eater
  • Minimal intake
  • Gagging, coughing and/or vomiting when eating or drinking
  • Dependence on tube feedings
  • Reflux (acid or nonacid)
  • Limited variety of foods accepted
  • Weight loss or low weight gain
  • Sensitivity to food or liquid appearances, smells, textures and/or sounds
  • Refusing to eat
  • Constipation

Patient resources

Atrium Health Levine Children’s Feeding Center provides new and existing patients the following forms for download. For your convenience, new patients will receive pre-visit paperwork via email or mail. It will need to be completed and returned prior to the first appointment.

New patient forms

Existing patient forms

Meet the pediatric feeding team

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists is experienced in treating children with all types of feeding problems. We work together to ensure our patients and their families have all the support they need to achieve their goals for long-term feeding success.