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Preschoolers who are picky eaters more prone to chronic constipation, claims study - Business Standard

A recent study has shown that preschoolers who are picky eaters might be oversensitive to which contributes to difficult behaviours.

According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, normally developing preschool children with have underlying sensory issues that lead to difficult behaviours.

These children are often picky eaters who might be overly sensitive to textures, tastes, or odours. They also might have an exaggerated response to noises, bright lights, or other sensory stimuli.

"Our study is revolutionary, revealing that in young children accompanies heightened sensory sensitivity," said Dr

"In many cases, might be the first hint that the child also has some sensory issues and could benefit from Feeding problems due to sensory sensitivities are especially common in these children and they are best addressed when kids are under five before maladaptive behaviours become more entrenched," added Dr Fishbein.

In the study, Dr Fishbein and colleagues assessed the differences in in 66 children who are 3-5 years of age with chronic constipation and a matched group of 66 controls.

They examined how the children's sensory profiles correlate to atypical behaviours. They determined that children with chronic constipation showed increased responses to sensory stimuli and increased avoidance behaviours.

Heightened (sensitivity to textures, tastes or odours) emerged as the most significant factor in predicting the child's tendency to behaviours such as withholding stool or overall bathroom avoidance.

"On the surface, the association between and constipation may not seem intuitive. However, increased sensory sensitivity can create discomfort and lead to avoidance, and we see that response in both and in the toileting behaviours of children with chronic constipation. Both feeding problems and constipation may develop as a result of sensory processing difficulties," said Dr Fishbein.

"Our study offers an expanded tool kit to clinicians who care for children with chronic constipation. Comprehensive care of these children should include consideration of sensory issues and possible referral to occupational therapy," he added.

Recognition of the association between chronic constipation and sensory sensitivity could transform clinical practice, the researchers have observed.

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