Is your child a very picky eater? 

Picky eating is a normal for children, with most kids having some strong preferences and dislikes. In most cases this is not a problem. However, occasionally a child's food preferences are extremely selective and get in the way of proper nutrition and/or weight gain. Avoidant and restrictive intake disorder (ARFID) occurs when a child has developed some type of problem with eating, and as a result is not taking in proper nutrition or calories. Eating problems can result from extreme pickiness, gastrointestinal discomfort, a traumatic experience with food (such as choking or vomiting), or sensory sensitivity. It is important to treat ARFID to avoid eating problems that can persist into adulthood and the development of another type of eating disorder.  

Dr. Peck's Approach

ARFID is a relatively new diagnosis and current treatment approaches are continuously evolving. Dr. Peck has experience treating children with choking and vomiting phobias, long-standing picky eating, and gastrointestinal problems leading to restrictive food intake using a variety of techniques proven to improve eating and weight. Techniques use include family-based treatment (FBT), cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, and biofeedback.

Conditions Treated

  • Picky eating
  • Gastrointestinal issues 
  • Choking and vomiting phobias
  • Sensory sensitivity

Learn more about ARFID 


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