In order to identify the prevalence and severity of feeding problems in children with Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) the feeding difficulties of 32 children with SRS and 32 age- and sex-matched control children were assessed using the Feeding Assessment Questionnaire (Harris and Booth 1992). Children's ages ranged from 2 to 11 years, with 19 male and 13 female pairs. In a subset of matched pairs, parent-child interaction at mealtimes was examined using video recording; food intake was also assessed over a 3-day period using weighed food diaries. Children with SRS experienced significantly more feeding problems than children without growth disorders. Common feeding problems for children with SRS were poor appetite, fussiness, slow feeding, and problems associated with oral-motor dysfunction. Feeding problems did not significantly affect intake of kilocalories, protein, fat, or carbohydrates. Mealtime interaction between children with SRS and their parents was significantly more negative than interactions between control-group children and their parents. The focus of intervention packages in SRS should be to reduce negative parent-child interactions and reduce parental anxiety about feeding, growth, and weight.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health