Feeding Issues in Substance Exposed Infants - On Demand


With the national increase in substance use, the resulting impact on infants and young children is immense. Not only does it affect them medically and developmentally, but also it affects their relationship with their primary caregiver. Infants who may have been exposed to substances in utero are predisposed to challenging eating behavior.

The baby may have gastrointestinal distress, irritability, difficulty with managing arousal and sleep, as well as irritability. Studies of babies who have been exposed to certain substances have documented challenges with development of regulated eating behaviors, which are early indicators of possible long-term regulatory challenges.

Additionally, the primary caregiver, often the mother, may not be able to read the baby’s hunger behavior and may have difficulty with engaging with an irritable or sleepy baby. The caregivers who continue to use substances may be less cognitively and emotionally available to respond to the baby’s expressed needs for nurturing. Feeding interactions in substance exposed infants need appropriate assessment and intervention to not only assist with the baby’s regulation and development of eating skills, but also to support a nurturing feeding relationship.

Location Webinar
Date 7/26/2018 7:00 PM - 7/26/2019 7:00 PM (Check in 7:00 PM)
Sponsor Feeding Matters
Trainer Joy Browne, Ph.D, PCNS, IMH-E (IV)
Contact Feeding Matters (623) 242-5234 jotenyo@feedingmatters.org
Principles 1. Support families
7. Quality services
Credit Hours 1.0 - Atypical Development
Cost $25
Cut Off Date 7/26/2019
Status Closed