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Case Study: Fussy eating

24 Apr, 2018

The case:

Lachlan is a 6 year old boy whose mother reports he is an extremely fussy eater and has a poor appetite. He also has low levels of enthusiasm, alertness and activity. Denise describes taking a feeding history and her dietary and nutritional assessment. She then examines some of the possible causes of Laclans problematic eating. She discusses managing difficult mealtimes with Lachlans mother using the “danger centre response” theory. She then explains how to use a “calm-alert” approach and makes suggestions of ways for Lachlan to explore food with no pressure to eat. Her case study concludes with suggestions for further investigations and follow up care.

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About the Presenter

Dr Denise Stapleton, PhD, APD

Denise Stapleton is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with 30 years experience in nutrition and research. She is a passionate supporter of families with varying mealtime difficulties and therapeutic dietary needs. Denise is the co-author of SENSE-ational Mealtimes and has contributed significantly to national nutritional care guidelines for children. She was the editor of The Australasian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition in Cystic fibrosis.

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