Behavioral feeding problems and parenting stress in eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in children
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Volume 23, Issue 8, pages 730–735, December 2012
How to Cite
Wu, Y. P., Franciosi, J. P., Rothenberg, M. E. and Hommel, K. A. (2012), Behavioral feeding problems and parenting stress in eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in children. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 23: 730–735. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3038.2012.01340.x
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
- Accepted for publication 9 June 2012
- eosinophilic esophagitis;
- feeding behavior;
To cite this article: Wu YP, Franciosi JP, Rothenberg ME, Hommel KA. Behavioral feeding problems and parenting stress in eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in children. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2012: 23: 730–735.
Background: Children with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) and their families are asked to adhere to dietary restrictions which can present significant daily challenges. However, little is known about child and family functioning and adaptation and the impact of psychosocial functioning (e.g., behavioral feeding problems) on adherence to dietary restrictions in this pediatric population.
Methods: We conducted a gender- and age-matched case–control study wherein parents of children with EGID and healthy control children completed measures of behavioral feeding problems, parenting stress, and adherence to prescribed dietary restrictions.
Results: Children with EGID (n = 92) have significantly higher levels of behavioral feeding problems than healthy controls (n = 89; t = 5.7, p < 0.001; t = 7.9, p < 0.001). In particular, younger children demonstrated higher levels of behavioral feeding problems than older children. While behavioral feeding problems were not predictive of adherence to dietary restriction recommendations, they were positively associated with parenting stress.
Conclusions: The study results indicate that, for families caring for a child with EGID, higher levels of behavioral feeding problems are associated with parent maladjustment or dysfunction. A multidisciplinary treatment team is needed to provide comprehensive psychosocial and feeding evaluations and treatment in EGID families.