Child Feeding Guide


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Child Feeding Guide

Available on:



(click to download)

Supported languages:

English

Cost:

Free

A resource designed for parents and caregivers who want to understand why their child is 'fussy' and what they can do to improve mealtimes.

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Languages

English

Countries of use

Any country where English is spoken.

Cost

Free

Developer

Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders
(Based in United Kingdom)
http://www.childfeedingguide.co.uk/ ; Support email:

Funder

Same as technical developer

Medical Adviser

Same as technical developer

Features

Reminders Reminders
Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities
Self-monitoring Self-monitoring
Trackers Trackers
Information Information

Summary

The app provides education on common feeding pitfalls, including why a behaviour is occuring. The app explains what to do with tools to help. Parents can track their child's eating behaviour, but also their own well-being. The app also represents a preventative resource, that can be used before weaning to educate parents on children's developmentally predictable responses to food, before problems occur. The developers, a group of academics from Loughborough University all of whom are mothers, hope the app may be a better medium to reach less engaged families/parents, than having them come and visit their health visitor.


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Reviews

Reviewer: Review from the developer: a community of mothers at Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders, UK
Review:

“Benefits are: It contains information on 5 common feeding pitfalls, in a WHAT, WHY, WHAT TO DO format. It explains the WHY a behaviour is occurring, which parents have said is really good and fills a gap in their knowledge. Many feeding resources currently do not explain the psychology and physiology around children's feeding behaviour. It explains not only WHAT to do, but with tangible, interactive tools to help. It allows parents to track their child's eating behaviour, but also their own well-being. This can be very useful for anxious parents who can become entrenched in feeding problems and not objectively see improvements. If parents learn healthier, more adaptive ways to feed their children, then the health of children will be improved. This is both in terms of what is eaten (increasing variety and liking fruit & veg) but also HOW it is eaten (less coercion so children are allowed to learn to regulate their own intake, something that is important in the battle against obesity). It represents a useful preventative resource, that can be used before weaning to educate parents on children's developmentally predictable responses to food, BEFORE problems occur. It's easy to use and an app may be a better medium to reach less engaged families/parents, than having them come and visit their health visitor. It's free to download, so available to all. Drawbacks are: the app does not deal with nutritional information e.g., how much carbs, protein etc a child has eaten / should eat per day.”


Source: PatientView Form, 2014
Usage: Not specified

Reviewer: Redditch Early Help, UK
Review:

"App to help parents of fussy eaters. There is a free app now live in the iTunes store. The Child Feeding Guide has been designed by expert feeding researchers at Loughborough University to help parents who want to understand why their child is 'fussy' and what they can do to improve mealtimes. It offers education on the science behind the behaviour, and provides real strategies and tools that can be used to help tackle fussiness in a positive way."


Source: http://on.fb.me/1LalIbq
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/1LalIbs
Reviewer: Facebook group: Meals Our Kids Love
Review: "If fussy eating and mealtime meltdowns are creating chaos and stress in your house, then we think you'll love this free Child Feeding Guide App as much as we do. We found the questionnaires really made us think not just about the problems we were experiencing at mealtimes, but also how we and are children were feeling, something perhaps we overlook when we're just trying to get our kids to eat. Created by three researchers and mums"
Source: http://on.fb.me/1DPmj2E
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/1DPmgEc

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