Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking, or feeding skills, are learned behaviours and not instinctual as many people believe.

Eating and drinking are complex skills that involve integration of all organs, muscles and senses, in addition to learning ability, development, nutritional status and the environment. Just as children learn to eat, they can also be taught to not eat – but how does this learning take place?

Children and young people with eating and drinking (or feeding) difficulties can make mealtimes stressful for themselves and their families. They can sometimes be called ‘fussy eaters’ or ‘problem feeders’. Click here if you have any questions about how your child might be developing their eating and drinking (or feeding) skills.

Useful links

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Resources Page
Feeding Matters