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Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital

Many infants and toddlers experience feeding difficulties – up to 50% in some studies. This suggests that they can be a "normal" feature of development. Only a small percentage of children have severe feeding difficulties that can impact on growth and development. Feeding difficulties can be due to many reasons including allergy, illness, infection, discomfort from feeding with vomiting and choking – even anxiety can alter infants and toddlers feeding. It is important to exclude organic illness such as milk allergy, simple infections, cardiac and respiratory disorders, congenital abnormalities of the mouth, larynx (voice box), trachea or oesophagus; this can be done by seeing a paediatrician. Sometimes no physical cause is found and the infant is in a cycle of poor feeding and negative experience which compounds the problem; a paediatrician will be able to help, often in conjunction with a team of allied health practitioners with experience in this field.

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in helping investigate and managing infant and toddler feeding difficulties:

Daryl is a paediatrician who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years and currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, associate professor in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and senior research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Daryl is active in research into better ways to treat children with developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and Tourette syndrome.

Noel is an experienced general paediatrician and clinical pharmacologist. He has a unique background, having worked in general practice for several years before completing his paediatric training. He currently has appointments as a general paediatrician and director of clinical pharmacology in the Department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and as director of the Australian Paediatric Pharmacology Research Unit at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Tom is a general paediatrician and infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He combines his clinical work with a research academic appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

Julian is an experienced paediatrician who currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and as a research fellow in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics.

His areas of interest include acute general paediatrics, learning and behavioural disorders and lymphoedema.

Julian also has experience in international child health, working as a WHO consultant in the People’s Republic of China and the Solomon Islands.

Michaela trained as a Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s and The Mercy Hospitals in Melbourne.

During her training Michaela specialised in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, but since then she has continued to work both acute and outpatient settings, seeing children of all ages, including babies.

Michaela’s areas of interests include developmental delay, speech delay, failure to thrive and growth concerns, Autism, ADHD, constipation, encopresis and enuresis, behavioural problems, anxiety, eczema, asthma and urinary tract infections.

Suzanne is a general paediatrician who cares for children with a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions from birth to adolescence. In addition to working in private practice, she has appointments at The Royal Children's Hospital as a General Paediatrician as well as a Medical Consultant in Hospital in the Home.

Erin Dobinson is a Paediatric Dietitian with vast experience and passion for the field both in Australia and overseas across all age groups from preterm to adolescents.

She has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne since 2007, across all major areas, and more recently continues in her role there specialising in faltering growth in young infants, and decreasing enteral feeding or NG dependency.

Her areas of specialty and interest include:

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