University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 11 Jun 2020


The current study explored feeding problems and related eating behaviours and parental feeding practices in children aged 6-months to 5-years with Down syndrome (n=40), compared to a group of age- and sex-matched TD children (n=40). Parents completed questionnaires of feeding problems (Montreal Children’s Hospital Feeding Scale; MCHFS), eating behaviours during exclusive milk feeding (Baby Eating Behaviour Questionnaire; BEBQ) and solid food eating (Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire; CEBQ), and parental feeding practices (Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire; CFPQ). MCHFS scores were significantly higher for children with Down syndrome. For the Down syndrome group only, MCHFS scores were negatively associated with breast milk duration and BEBQ general appetite, and positively associated with BEBQ slowness in eating. For both groups, MCHFS scores were significantly correlated with more food avoidant, and less food approach, behaviours (CEBQ). Relationships between MCHFS and CFPQ were not significant. Feeding problems were found to be more common in children with Down syndrome than TD children. Relationships between feeding problems and eating behaviours were similar to TD children for solid food but not milk feeding. Longitudinal research is needed to examine these relationships, and the mechanisms involved in them, so that more effective support can be developed for children and families.

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