Nutr Clin Pract. 2023 Apr 14. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10999. Online ahead of print.
It is well known in the medical and pediatric feeding community how parental stress affects outcomes of pediatric nutrition and feeding behaviors. There is growing literature suggesting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to caregiver and child stress. It could be suggested that this increase in stress contributed to or exacerbated pediatric feeding difficulties. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in pediatric rehabilitation therapists quickly transitioning from in-person to virtual evaluation and treatment models. The purpose of this article is to review current literature regarding the definition and prevalence of pediatric feeding disorder, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent/child stress and relationships surrounding feeding, and this speech-language pathologist's perception of both the positive and negative aspects of providing ongoing outpatient feeding evaluations and treatments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as clinical considerations for ongoing feeding therapy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
PMID:37057872 | DOI:10.1002/ncp.10999
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