We mostly see children and young people who are refusing or avoiding food for a variety of reasons, including:
- fear of weight gain or concerns about weight and shape
- feeding/eating aversions
- medically unexplained weight loss or vomiting
- extreme selectivity
- tube dependency
- lack of interest in food
In patients with complex medical histories or current medical conditions, the feeding/eating difficulty is over and above that normally expected and any on-going symptoms, such as vomiting or constipation, should be managed and settled. We see children and young people across the full spectrum of cognitive abilities, including those with learning disability, pervasive developmental disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. The multidisciplinary teams consists of experienced senior clinicians in psychology, psychiatry, paediatrics, nursing, dietetics, family therapy, child psychotherapy, play specialism, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.
Patients needing inpatient or day patient treatment are admitted according to local care pathways or to the Mildred Creak Unit, subject to meeting referral (including age) criteria and to agreement with local providers.