Poor feeding is when an infant has a lack of interest in feeding or a problem receiving the proper amount of nutrition.
Feeding - infant's lack of interest; Infant - lack of interest in feeding
Poor feeding is a nonspecific symptom seen in newborn and young infants. It can result from many conditions, including infection, metabolic disorders, genetic disorders, structural problems, and neurological disorders. Poor feeding is not a sign of the severity of the disease, but it requires close watching of the infant.
Poor feeding is not the same as "picky" eating. Many children between ages 2 and 4 are picky eaters. Parents only need to give children what they like to eat at this age. However, children must continue to drink milk or an appropriate milk substitute.
- Any disorder that causes damage to the nervous system or causes muscle weakness
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome Birth-acquired herpes Congenital hypothyroidism Galactosemia
Group B streptococcal septicemia of the newborn(late) Hypoplastic left heart Infant botulism
- Infection of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
Newborn jaundice Patent ductus arteriosus Premature infant Tetralogy of Fallot Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
- Tracheoesophageal fistula, a birth defect in which there is a connection between the trachea and the esophagus
Transposition of the great vessels Truncus arteriosus
- Viral gastroenteritis
Review Date: 08/02/2009
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.