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Healthy Eating for Children - Helping Your Child to Eat Well

Getting help for your child's eating habits

If you are worried about your child's eating habits, you can call your family doctor for help. He or she can advise you on actions you can take or direct you to someone with specific expertise, such as:

  • Registered dietitians, who teach people about nutrition or develop diets to promote health. They can also specialize in counseling to help treat food-related problems, including eating disorders.
  • Primary care pediatricians, who may have special training and experience in caring for children who have eating issues.
  • Therapists or counselors, who can help your family cope with eating disorders and with power struggles about eating.
  • Psychiatrists, who can provide counseling and medicine.
  • Pediatric gastroenterologists, who can rule out or treat conditions of the digestive system, which could cause an eating problem.
  • Pediatric endocrinologists, who can rule out or treat hormone conditions that can lead to weight problems.

Call your doctor if:

  • Your child has a major change in appetite or weight. This could include eating too much or too little, or gaining or losing weight.
  • Eating issues have turned your family's mealtimes into a battleground.
  • You suspect that your child may have an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.
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Last Updated: January 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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