Feeding problems in young PKU children
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
Volume 83, Issue Supplement s407, pages 73–74, December 1994
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MacDonald, A., Rylance, G., Asplin, D., Hall, K., Harris, G. and Booth, I. (1994), Feeding problems in young PKU children. Acta Paediatrica, 83: 73–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1994.tb13457.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
Behavioural feeding problems were found to be more prevalent in a group of 15 PKU children aged 1-5 years when compared to non-PKU controls. The parents of PKU children identified poorer appetites (p < 0.01), a more limited range of foods consumed (p < 0.03) and more gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and constipation (p < 0.03) than control children. The children were slower to feed (p < 0.03), were more likely to dislike sweet foods and some ate separately from the rest of the family at mealtime (p < 0.03). The effects on normal feeding behaviour should be considered when advocating strict diet therapy for young PKU children.